Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Amano Artisan Chocolate - Guayas River Basin, Ecuador (bar) - Dec. 20, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Guayas River Basin, Ecuador (bar)
Good ++ - +++
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 202 calories in 1 (40 g.) serving
Cost: $9.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

Today's Guayas River Basin, Ecuador (bar) was made by Amano Chocolate Company (Orem, UT). 

Aroma notes for this 70% single origin dark bar included: dark chocolate with green (faint green banana), maple, wood, faint black pepper, and dark berry (ripe blackberry and pomegranate).

Smooth melt and texture with a very faint, fleeting, fruit astringency.

Flavor notes included: dark chocolate with sweet green, lightly smoked maple syrup, wood (cedar) shavings, and fruit (green dried banana, dark ripe berry). 

I loved the balanced complexity of the aromas and flavors in this 70% dark chocolate. It was a masterful rendition, capturing the best of this unique Guayas, Ecuador (Nacional variety) cacao.

Amano Maker's Tasting Notes: "This chocolate has a rich chocolate flavor with notes of green bananas, smoke, and blackberries."

Ingredients: "Cocoa Beans, Pure Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Vanilla Beans"

Allergen-related information: "May Contain Traces of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Milk Products"

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