Ecuador - Organic 85% bar
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 230 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.95 for 1/2 bar
Purchased from: Chocosphere.com, online order
Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Organic Ecuador 85% cocoa bar was from Venchi S.p.A. (Castelletto Stura, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy).
The aroma of this 85% cocoa bittersweet chocolate was more gentle than most 85% bars, with subtle fermented fruit, green jungle, light earth, light floral and clean, spring meadow and light green tea notes. There were no harsh, bitter or heavy acid notes.
The texture and melt were creamy smooth, in part due to added cocoa butter.
The flavor notes were similar to the aroma notes mentioned above. This ultra dark bar had a freshness and lightness to it. (It also had a very faint, fleeting hint of herb/spice: caraway.)
The finish was clean and had the same fresh green "feeling" to it as the aroma and flavor. It was as if some imaginary mint ghost left an aura of freshness in its wake, even though one couldn't taste any mint. (More likely than any spooky goings on, invisible flavors are inferred flavors--based on years of tasting experiences and memories of chocolates past.) In my experience, no other country of origin tops Ecuadorian cacao's range green-related and green/floral notes.
Ingredients: Organic chocolate liquor from Ecuador (66.5 percent), organic cocoa butter, organic cane sugar.