Chocolate of the Day
Ucayali River, Peru 70% Cacao (bar)
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (27 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Stonegrindz, online order
Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.
Today's Ucayali River, Peru 70% Cacao (bar) was crafted by the makers (Kasey McCaslin and Steven Shipler), and team, at Stonegrindz Small-Batch Chocolate (Scottsdale, AZ).
Aroma notes for this award-winning* single origin bar included: dark chocolate, and very faint fruit and spice.
Texture: smooth, relatively creamy texture with a light fruit astringency (dryness) in the finish.
Flavor notes included: dark chocolate (ganache, sweet earthy mocha-chocolate-y tart), moderate tart-sweet fruit acidity (citrus, pomegranate, red cherry plum); very faint warm spice; and fleeting, soft earth and sweet green herbal.
There were additional flickers of fruit and botanicals (very faint sweet green herb - barely detectable mint, licorice) in the finish. The fruit notes--somewhere between peach, mango, pineapple, cherry and something else I couldn't quite grasp (possibly cacao fruit pulp)--were fun, and elusive/difficult to pin down.
I enjoyed the subtle complexity of this chocolate. Savor slowly to find the "hidden treasures" in this Peruvian cacao.
Maker's tasting notes: Notes of mocha, cedar, dark cherry, anise
Ingredients: Cacao*, cacao butter*, cane sugar* (*Organically farmed)
Allergen-related information: "Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free"
*Gold 2019 - International Chocolate Awards (Tasters) in Italy