Chocolat Factory Grenade 60% 84.5/100

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North of the Venezuelan coast and both Trinidad and Tobago, lies the Windward Islands, the closest of which is Grenada, which is where the beans for this bar comes from. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Barcelona where Chocolat factory turn them into one of their chocolate bars.

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I’ve experienced a limited amount of Grenadian cacao, but my impression is one of the types of produce that would have been shipped around these bays and islands in trading times gone by. Dried fruits, spices and sugar cane, all flavours I tend to associate at least a little with Christmas cakes. My expectations for this bar are pretty similar, my main hope is that it is as well rounded as some of the bars I’ve tried previously. Opening the bar the chocolate work looks profession and breaking off a piece the aroma comes through of cocoa with grass, milk and spice notes, a little on the underdeveloped side. To taste this bar is quite sweet and resembles some dark milks I’ve tried, the dominant experience here is milky caramel, with complex spice and dried fruit notes taking a back seat. It’s a very easy bar to eat, but it lacks some of the individuality of Grenadian terroir that makes their cacao so interesting. The bar is well balanced as Grenadian cacao often is, but this is due more to the smooth milky caramel nature of the bar than it is to the balanced levels of acidity, sweetness and flavour, which I’ve experienced occurring in Grenadian cacao. The bar ends up being inoffensive, pleasurable even, but lacking dimension and honesty of flavour, while simplifying its interesting potential. This is the kind of easy accessible bar that is useful for turning your friends over to the dark side of chocolate.

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

Appearance 8/10

Colour: Dark milky brown
Texture: Smooth, milky polished stone, some air bubbles
Mould: 6 x 4 simple squares
Snap: Crisp
Temp/Shine: Matte sheen

Aroma 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 6
Notes: Cocoa, alpine milk, grassy spice
Quality: Simple, underdeveloped

Melt/Mouthfeel 8.5/10

Length: Long
Evenness: Even
Texture: Syrupy, caramel, toffee
Quality: Full, confectionary, firm

Acidity 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 3
Notes: Raisin, sultana
Quality: Complementary

Sweetness 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Notes: Caramel, sweetened condensed milk
Quality: Big, confectionary

Flavour 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Type: Sweet
Notes: Cocoa, malted milk biscuit, sweet spice, nougat, sweetened orange peel, sultana
Quality: Confectionary, balanced

Length 9/10

Flavours are big and bold, with a simple but good round to them

Finish 8.5/10

Notes: Malted milk, caramel
Quality: Sweet milk caramel flavours fill the finish with a lingering sweet caramel staying on after the finish

Balance 9/10

The milky sweetness of this bar dominates most of the experience, but manages to create a fair degree of balance under a medium to light structure, attributes are complementary and marry up well

Overall 8/10

Bar lacks proper depth and is short on dimension of flavours, simple complexity is easily balanced and structure while consistent lacks presence, expression reflects origin, but is overly sweet masking individuality of terroir, processing smooths out the experience at the expense of the interesting


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