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A. Morin - Venezuela Carenero Noir 70% (bar) - June 23, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

A. Morin
Venezuela Carenero Noir 70% (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.17 oz. (33.3 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 194.4 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

Today's Venezuela Carenero Noir 70% (bar) was from A. Morin (Donzere, France). 

The cacao origin for this chocolate is Carenero (a small town in the Miranda region) in north, central Venezuela (east of Caracas). 

Aroma notes for this "pure origin" (single origin) cacao chocolate included: fudge-y deep, dark chocolate, dried fruit (plum, fig, apricot/nectarine, dark cherry, cacao pulp), faint citrus, faint sweet green botanical/floral (banana), and very faint graham cracker and clean mineral.

The flavor included a deeper dive into the fudge-y dark chocolate, and a continuation of the intriguingly complex bouquet of fruits mentioned above--with a fleeting whisper of buttered fresh bread and jam. This 70% bar also had a pleasant subtle lingering, clean finish, with barely there fleeting jam and almond butter notes.* 

Great balanced fruit and cacao complexity. Not too sweet; not too acidic or bitter. Smooth texture; relatively low in fruit astringency. This was a well-executed winner in my book.

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of milk, nuts and sesame"

*Aroma and flavor notes mentioned in write-ups on Chocolate Banquet reflect what I'm smelling and detecting as I'm tasting a chocolate. Cacao varieties, like wine grape varieties, are naturally complex. If I mention plum jam or almond butter, that doesn't mean the chocolate contains fruits or nuts.

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