Sunday, April 30, 2023

Luisa's - Philippines 92% Cacao (bar) - Apr. 30, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Vegan Chocolates by Luisa Ltd.
Philippines 92% Cacao (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 148 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $13.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and the Philippines Theme Week. 

Today's Philippines 92% Cacao (bar) was handcrafted and made from bean to bar at Vegan Chocolates by Luisa Ltd. (Nottingham, UK).

Aroma notes included: light molasses fig cookie, faint sweet green, sweet lemon and chocolate. A faint fermented fruit (light citrus and buttery stone fruit (peach, nectarine)) mellowed after opening; i.e. the faint fermented note tapered off* and the buttery, nectarine pie note remained.

This very thick bar was naturally sweet (fig/date, peach/nectarine, lemon and honey) and relatively low in bitterness for a high-percentage (92% cacao) chocolate. 

It tasted like a blend of Criollo (heritage) and Trinitario cacao varieties. There was one small uptick of slightly bitter earth, but otherwise everything was smooth sailing. 

Maker's chocolate tasting notes: Yellow fruits, spicy, brown fruits 

Ingredients: Cacao mass, unrefined sugar, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: (No allergens listed.) (Vegan)

*Chocolate in a well-sealed pouch/package may sometimes have a lingering fermentation aroma when first opened. Leaving the freshly opened package open to the air for a few hours usually causes fermentation notes to diminish, or even disappear. However, don't wait too long, as some volatile, more delicate, desirable and interesting notes (e.g. florals) may escape as well.

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