Sunday, April 24, 2022

Laderach - 70% Ecuador grand cru noir (tablet) - Apr. 24, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Laderach Chocolatier Suisse
70% Ecuador grand cru noir
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32 g.) / 2.3 oz. (64 g.) in total bar
Calories: 186 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.90 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Laderach retail store, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week. 

Ecuador produces a variety of cacao varieties (Forastero, Amelonado, Trinitario, Criollo, and more) for chocolate makers to work with, so this Ecuador-themed chocolate week spans a variety of chocolate aromas and flavors.

Today's 70% Ecuador grand cru noir (tablet/bar) was from Laderach Chocolatier Suisse (Ennenda, Switzerland). 

This attractively packaged, single origin bar--made with cacao from "northern Ecuador"--was purchased in a local Lauderach chocolate shop in northern California. 

Aroma notes included: subtle, sweet dark chocolate, with very faint warm spice and green-lemon herb (oxalis/sour grass, wood sorrel).

This well-tempered bar broke with a hard snap and had a very smooth, almost creamy melt and mouthfeel.

The overall/initial flavor was very chocolatey (brownie batter/fresh-baked, moist brownies) with faint, fleeting green-lemon herb (oxalis), warm floral spice (vanilla) and light earth notes. (I'm guessing this 70% dark chocolate was made using a Forastero/Amelonado cacao variety(ies).)

The cacao flavors were balanced with a moderate, well-managed complexity. 

Ingredients: Cocoa paste, sugar, cocoa butter, Natural Flavors.

Allergen-related information: "May contain Egg, Milk, Other gluten (Incl. Wheat), Other Nuts, Soy."

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...