Cacaosuyo 50% Peru Piura Milk 91.5/100

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Based in Lima, Peru, chocolate makers Cacaosuyo use Peruvian beans to make their chocolate bars, with the whole bean to bar process taking place in the beans country of origin, before the finished product is shipped worldwide to be eaten. These beans come from the Piura region of Peru on the north western coastline, notorious for their pale white colour these beans are thought to be white criollo, but not necessarily the same genetically as Porcelana. Cacaosuyo like to test all the beans they use for genetics and are pretty particular about which trees get harvested.

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I’ve tried Cacaosuyo’s Piura dark before, so I’ve had some experience with this chocolate maker and these beans before. I remember it having a very distinctive and strong flavour, with big clear notes of honeycomb and hazelnuts. This however is a dark milk bar and so there’s likely to be a difference in flavour. I suspect it might remain sweet and nutty, but that the honey might take a step in the direction of caramel, my main hope is that the bar retains some distinctiveness. In the end this is a highly accessible and thoroughly enjoyable dark milk bar. It’s not the most intellectually challenging, nor is it sophisticated or overly refined, rather it is flavourful and balanced with an enjoyable profile. It is a good example of what mainstream milk chocolates should aim to taste like, I have no doubt that this bar would be useful in converting any milk chocolate lover to dark chocolate as an interim bar. The bar is very similar to the dark Piura from Cacaosuyo, displaying similar flavours with some added caramel and smoothness. A little less nutty than the dark there is still the presence of hazelnuts in the aroma and a subtle praline flavour in the creamy caramel mix. This is a great example of how to remain distinctive and exciting without being unusual or challenging and probably has a lot to do with the white cacao that goes into making this bar of chocolate. This is a bar for everyone, you might at worst be underwhelmed, but you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, milk, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, emulsifier: soya lecithin

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Light milky brown, caramel
Texture: Rough, sandy
Mould: Cacaosuyo split triangle squares
Snap: Soft crisp
Temp/Shine: Glossy matte, consistent

Aroma 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Notes: Hazelnut, honey, sweet white florals, lemon, ginger
Quality: Distinctive, dimensioned

Melt/Mouthfeel 9/10

Length: Medium, soft
Evenness: Melt quickens
Texture: Butter fudge, toffee cream
Quality: Rich, rounded

Acidity 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 4
Notes: Lemon, green apple skin
Quality: Bright, uplifting

Sweetness 9.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Notes: Light caramel, honey, sugarpaste
Quality: Honest, natural

Flavour 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 8.5
Type: Sweet
Notes: Lemon, praline, caramel, honey, cream, vanilla
Quality: Dimensioned, honest

Length 9.5/10

Flavours are bold and long and last throughout the melt, rounding excellently

Finish 9/10

Notes: Cream, sugarpaste, caramel
Quality: As the intensity of lemons and caramel fade, cream and sugar paste present on the finish, before leaving a rich caramel to linger

Balance 9.5/10

Bar is overtly balanced, levels are equalised and intensity of sweetness and flavour is rounded and improved by other attributes, medium structure provides adequate base for flavours to excel

Overall 9.5/10

Bar has good level of depth, but a much greater degree of dimension, there is some degree of complexity, which is well balanced, structure is uniform and expression is true of origin and accurately displayed and combined with milk to express both style and origin


Tasting Notes: Piura white cacao, high quality milk and light touch of savoury vanilla grown in the Peruvian jungle gives this chocolate a special distinction that you will enjoy from beginning to end.

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