Saturday, July 30, 2022

White Label - Uganda Semuliki Forest 72% (bar) - July 30, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

White Label 
Uganda Semuliki Forest 72% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 178 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $ Missing information
Purchased from: Mutari Chocolate, Santa Cruz, CA 

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Uganda Theme Week.

Today's White Label Uganda Semuliki Forest 72% dark chocolate (bar) was made in Santa Cruz, CA. 

This micro-batch bar was crafted using Forastero variety cacao (Upper Amazon and Amelonado) grown on small farms in (Bundibugyo) Uganda near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Aroma notes for this chocolate included fermentation (sweat), very faint stone fruit (apricot/nectarine), berry, and green floral (matcha green tea, vanilla), and chocolate (ganache).

This 72% cacao bar had smooth texture and flavor, that included true chocolate (ganache/mousse) diffuse and well-balanced subtle fruit acidity (berry, stone fruit) light, mellow bitterness, and barely detectable earth and roasted notes.

The sweetness level was about right for my taste. Good choice using a very slightly higher cacao percent (72% cacao vs. 70% cacao), as this chocolate seemed on the naturally sweet side. (Any more sugar, and cacao flavor nuances start to get lost.) 

The maker's tasting notes read as follows: "Goji berries, deep cocoa, vanilla," 

Cacao harvest took place during the 2017/2018 growing season; and producer Latitude Trade Co. worked with local farmers on fermentation.

Ingredients: Cacao beans, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: (None listed on packaging that I could find.)

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