Chocolate of the Day
Classic Dark 70% Cacao Dominican Republic Single Origin Rum Barrel Aged (bar)
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 147 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Wm. Chocolate, online order
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Holiday Spirits Theme Week.
Today's Classic Dark 70% Cacao Dominican Republic Single Origin Rum Barrel Aged (bar) was made by Wm. Chocolate (Madison, WI).
William (Will) Marx, the force behind Wm. Chocolate is turning out great single origin chocolates. His bars I have sampled in the past few years have all offered masterfully subtle and complex bouquets of aroma (and flavor) notes.
Great chocolate happens when a maker applies laser-like attention to and appreciation of the strengths of each batch of high-quality cacao beans from a given origin. Eat this chocolate slowly to fully appreciate the end results.
Aroma notes for this bar included a dark chocolate, faint maple, brown sugar, buttered rum, faint dried fruit (pear + date), faint green, faint graham cracker, and a very faint, fleeting clean mineral earth (clay) note.
Flavor notes were very similar to the aroma notes (above), but with more rich dark chocolate (smooth, ultra-dark brownie + very faint red berry) flavor, along with molasses and faint floral honey notes. This bar also had an alluring light, lingering finish.
The rum barrel aged cacao (Dominican Republic) was subtle and sophisticated with quiet layers of rich flavor. (I imagined a rack of wooden rum casks stowed in a cool stone cavern where time and flavor development was measured...slowly.) Well balanced, not too sweet, and with a generous helping of skillfully produced 3D aroma and flavor notes, this 70% cacao dark bar provided a pleasing sensory trip.
Note: While rum (barrels) added flavor, there was no detectable amount of alcohol that I could taste.
Maker's tasting notes: "Smooth dark chocolate sweetened with traditional whole cane sugar"
Ingredients: Certified organic cacao beans, organic unrefined cane sugar, organic cacao butter
Allergen-related information: "No soy, dairy, grain, nuts, refined sugar, or animal products."