Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Pump Street Chocolate - Jamaica 90% Bachelor's Hall Estate (bar) - March 3, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Pump Street Chocolate
Jamaica 90% Bachelor's Hall Estate Limited Edition (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.)  in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (plus shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Jamaica Theme Week.

Today's Limited Edition Jamaica Bachelor's Hall Estate 90% Limited Edition (bar) was from Pump Street Chocolate (Suffolk, England). The company produces a range of baked goods, and artisan chocolates. 

This ultra-dark, 90% cacao chocolate had an aroma with notes of dark chocolate, fruit (red apple), faint umami, and very faint fermented fruit. It had a slow, dense melt and a thick, smooth texture.

The flavor embodied rich, uniformly roasted cacao (think unsweetened fudge brownies), with faint, balanced charcoal roasted cacao, very faint, fleeting roasted nut (peanut butter*) and very faint roasted/baked banana notes. 

For such a high cacao percentage (90% cacao and only 10% sugar) bar the acidity and bitterness levels were relatively low, making it a bit more approachable for sensitive palettes. 

Pump Street Chocolate's tasting notes for this single estate (farm) Jamaican chocolate bar (Batch No. 02506, 2018 Crop) read as follows: "A rich, deep, high cocoa percentage bar which expresses the unique banana and rum character of the Bachelor's Hall Estate terroir." 

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, cane sugar and organic cocoa butter 

*Please note there were no peanut butter or nut ingredients listed for this bar. Although trace amounts of potential allergens can occur if chocolates are created in a place where shared spaces are used, tasting notes for chocolate, wine, beer, coffee, and many other foods and beverages often describe perceived flavor or aroma notes. 

If one drills down to the molecular level, similar substances can be created, e.g., in fermentation/oxidation or roasting processes, that may evoke (remind us of) other food or beverage items, even though no direct connection exists. 

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