Monday, May 4, 2020

Michel Cluizel - Plantation El Jardin 69% Colombie bar - May 4, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Michel Cluizel
Plantation El Jardin Chocolat Noir 69% Colombie (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 400.6 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.

Today's El Jardin Plantation 69% Dark Chocolate Colombie (Colombia) bar was from Michel Cluizel (Damville, Normany, France).

This bar was made from cacao grown in El Jardin Plantation in central Colombia and had a fairly creamy melt and texture with a balanced rich complexity of flavors that evolved from bite to bite.

The dark chocolate had a balanced, rich sweetness with faint roasted malt and fermented milk, fruit (cherry, red berry), light vanilla notes and occasional nutty, earth, black raspberry, tart peppery red berry, and umami (salt/leather) notes. And, as a last surprise, the finish in one bite had almost a mint cookie or very light menthol note to it. This chocolate was certainly not boring.

I'd advise eating (and re-tasting) this chocolate in small bites, very slowly, or you'll miss all these flavor notes. And to think this was only a four-ingredient bar.*

Almost all segments on a chocolate tasting wheel were represented. There were no "off," bitter or astringent flavors...just a lot going on in one bar.

Maker's notes: notes of red berries, honey, caramel

*Ingredients: cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, Bourbon vanilla pod

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