Thursday, June 10, 2021

Christopher Elbow - Brazil 70% dark (bar) - June 9, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Christopher Elbow
Brazil 70% dark (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.13 oz. (32 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories (per label) in 1 serving (approximately 1/2 bar)
Cost: $9.95 for 1 bar (+shipping)
Purchased from: Christopher Elbow website, online order

Welcome to Day #13 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Today's Brazil 70% dark (bar) was from Christopher Elbow Chocolates (Kansas City, MO). 

This bar had an almost vexingly subtle, layered chocolate aroma with faint dried fruit mix (light goji berry and very faint chardonnay wine grape raisin and freeze-dried banana pieces) floral (very faint cookie, vanilla orchid), and tea (fruit and floral (rose) oolong) notes, as well as a "fresh"/refreshing (mineral water) note that was hard to explain. (I had to smell this chocolate multiple times to pick all these aroma notes out.)

Flavor notes were also very subtle and included light chocolate/cacao; fresh mineral water, faint fruit floral (dried goji berry; freeze-dried banana, light lychee; subtle cacao fruit pulp); faint vanilla sandwich cookie; faint tea; faint light green nut/seed (jaguar cacao (aka pataxte, white cacao) or cacao bicolor seeds); and faint tart, sweet green (lemon verbena, sour grass). The texture was smooth with a very slight astringency.

The 2017 Harvest cacao used to make this single origin Brazil chocolate was from Fazenda Camboa in Bahia, Brazil. This cacao farm has been owned by the Cavalho family for almost 80 years.

The maker's tasting notes: "...chocolatey flavors, with notes of dried fruit and nuts."

Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter.

Allergen-related information: May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and milk products.


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