Friday, November 4, 2022

Qantu - Reves de Cachemire Goat Milk (bar) - Nov. 4, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Reves de Cachemire (Goat Milk) 55% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 143 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Umami Theme Week. 

Today's Reves de Cachemire (Goat Milk) 55% (bar) was from Qantu Cacao et Chocolat Inc. (Montreal, QC, Canada).

Aroma notes for this 55% goat milk chocolate bar included: dark milk chocolate, caramel,  very faint fruit (pear), and barely detectable goat.

The texture was dense and creamy with a very slight graininess--in a cool, 65 degree F. (18 degrees C.) room.

The flavor had a lightness to it. Notes included: subtle, dark milk chocolate; caramel; very faint and fleeting goat; and mild, diffuse fruit.

This gently complex chocolate was even and smooth, but not dull. The goat notes were very subtle. Some may not notice a very mild gaminess. Others will. The caramel sweetness level was just right--comforting, almost fruit-floral in spirit) but not cloying. The fats in the milk and cocoa butter helped buffer any sharpness or over-sweetness. 

Umami pairing
Qantu's goat milk bar contained a low amount of glutamate (umami indicator); but it inspired a robust, high umami lunch that included a salad with Humboldt Blue goat milk blue cheese (high on the umami scale) and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, mushrooms and parmesan cheese (pushing the umami scale score even higher). This meal was enjoyed after I sampled today's lovely, dreamy goat milk chocolate. This umami lunch pairing was satisfying and delicious.

I'm glad I ate today's delicate cashmere dream goat milk chocolate first. By eating chocolate for breakfast...or before lunch, I'm better able to still taste cacao nuances. Heavier, spicy foods can overwhelm the taste buds temporarily.

Maker's tasting notes: "Eye: silky light brown; Nose: mild goat milk caramel; Mouth: slightly fruity, reminiscent of pear; Finish: floral as c(h)amomile."

Ingredients: Bagua cocoa beans, cane sugar, goat milk powder, cocoa butter.

Allergen-related information: Contains milk (goat milk). "May contain traces of nuts."

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