Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fu Wan Chocolate - 62% Taiwan Tieguanyin Tea Chocolate (bar) - Sept. 6, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

Fu Wan Chocolate
62% Taiwan Tieguanyin Tea Chocolate (bar)
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.59 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 284 calories (per label) in 1 bar
Cost: $16.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Tea Theme Week.

Today's 62% Taiwan Tieguanyin Chocolate (bar) was from Fu Wan Chocolate (Formosa (Taiwan)). The tea used in this bar is a rolled oolong made with a Tieguanyin cultivar from Fujian, China. (Many Taiwan residents came from this area in southeast China across the Taiwan Strait, which helps explain the tea's popularity in Taiwan.)

This bar was made from a blend of (Trinitario) cacao sources. (Fu Wan does use cacao grown in Taiwan, and some from other locations. The exact cacao origin(s) were not found on labeling (or at least that I could read/translate). 

The cacao added a richness in flavor and fat (cocoa butter) to the tea experience, and yet was mild enough that the cacao and sugar helped highlight the fruit notes and complemented the tea notes.

My tasting notes are below: 

Aroma: dried fruit (goji berry), guava

Flavor: dried goji berry, black oolong tea, guava and very subtle warm herbal (naturally sweet fennel, allspice, clove) and refreshing green (faint green tea, mint) notes. This bar was well balanced, with an appealing tea flavor and a mild tannic tea astringency.

Today's offering was another elegant medium-dark chocolate bar with fruit and oolong tea notes from Fu Wan Chocolate. The company's choice of a 62% cacao chocolate base (dark, but not too dark) allowed the subtle tea flavors to shine through. 

Maker's tasting notes read as follows: "Bayleaf, fennel seed, clove, mint, guava, orchid"

Ingredients: Cacao bean(s), cane sugar, cacao butter, Tieguanyin tea.

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