White Label Chocolate - Ecuador Costa Esmeraldas 77% (bar)
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 178 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (estimate) in 1 bar
Purchased from: Mutari Chocolate, Santa Cruz, CA
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Ecuador Costa Esmeraldas 77% (bar) was part of Mutari Chocolate's White Label bean-to-bar, craft chocolate collection.
This chocolate had a subtle dark chocolate aroma, with faint sweet, slightly tart, red fruit (red wine grape/raisin) notes, and barely there graham cracker and floral notes.
The bar broke with a snap at room temperature (65 degrees F.), and had a relatively smooth melt with a very slight dried fruit astringency.
Flavor notes included true dark chocolate with faint, fleeting earth and fruit yogurt notes. This 77% cacao bar was less intense/bitter than other darker chocolates approaching 80% cacao.
Three Nacional cacao hybrids from Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador, were used to make this bean-to-bar chocolate. The cacao was grown/produced (in a "wet" tropical forest area) on a single farm (Salazar Family Estate). Nacional is considered a fine flavor, heritage cacao associated with fruit, floral and herbal notes.
Maker's tasting notes: Fudge, brown fruit, honey suckle
Ingredients: Cacao bean, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter