Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Standout Chocolate - Single Origin Bali Indonesia 70% (bar) - Nov. 28, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Standout Chocolate
Single Origin Bali Indonesia 70% (bar)
Good +++
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 146 calories in 1/2 bar 
Cost: $10.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Om Suwastiastu (Greetings) and welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Indonesia Theme Week.

Today's Single Origin Bali Indonesia 70% (bar) was handcrafted in Sweden, by bean-to-bar maker Fredrik Martinsson, at Standout Chocolate (Kallered, Sweden).

The label contained interesting details about the cacao origin. The cacao used to make this chocolate was from Jembrana (West Bali), and produced by KSS cooperative. This cacao was "intercropped with jackfruit, mangosteen, (and) snakefruit...and after being harvested, it was fermented in 2-tier wooden boxes covered with banana leaves.

Aroma and flavor notes for this unique and pleasing 70% cacao bar included: smooth dark chocolate, warm spiced fruit compote, faint sugar molasses cookie, raisin toast, and fleeting, faint, soft cherry and herbal tea (star anise and clove rooibois tea) notes in what was a longer finish than expected. 

I really enjoyed this well-executed chocolate. The texture was smooth and uniform; and there were no off notes. Lots of well developed (and preserved) flavors from just two ingredients. While there was considerable natural sweetness (spice, fruit notes) present, happily, this chocolate was not overly sweet either. (Thank you!)

Maker's tasting notes: "Cloves, Nutmeg, Toasted Bread' and "Herbal"

Ingredients: Cacao beans*, Cane sugar*. 

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of milk."

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