Chocolate of the Day
LetterPress Chocolate LLC
Private Reserve Ucayali 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $18.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.
Today's Private Reserve Ucayali 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) was made from bean-to-bar by LetterPress Chocolate LLC (Los Angeles, CA).
Aroma notes included: very faint diffuse green lemon herb (oxalis), rich cocoa with a warm, sweet spice blend, very faint diffuse fruit (red apple).
This dark bar broke with a snap and had a smooth, almost buttery texture.
Flavor notes included: true, rich chocolate (brownie, dark chocolate cake); fleeting muffled earth; very faint diffuse fruit (red apple, watermelon); and a very, very faint echo of aged, sweet whiskey and tobacco.
LetterPress worked with cacao expert Daniel O'Doherty and used Ucayali River Cacao (Peru) to make today's 70% bar. The pattern on the bar's packaging "was inspired by the textiles of the indigenous Shipibo-Conibo peoples of Ucayali." (The 1,600 km-long Ucayali River begins near Cusco in southern Peru eventually joins the Maranon River to form the beginning of the great Amazon River.)
Maker's tasting notes: "Caramel, mocha, cedar"
Ingredients: Cacao beans, organic unrefined cane sugar, organic cocoa butter
Allergen-related information: "Produced in a facility that also processes nuts and dairy."