Taylor & Bennett Milk Chocolate 46% Sea Salt 85.5/100

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Using single origin beans from the Dominican Republic, this cocoa is blended with milk and topped with Maldon sea salt. Made by Taylor & Bennett in Leeds with Dan Bennett, formerly of Melt Chocolates in Notting Hill responsible for producing the chocolate and James Taylor responsible for the unique branding that features packaging made using cacao husks in the material process.  

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I’ve tried plenty of chocolate from the Dominican Republic with its deep earthy chocolatey tones and the possibility of red fruit creeping through, but this is only the second time I’ve tried it as a dark milk. My previous experience was that is created a darker milk chocolate with big caramel tones, which is what I would expect here as it would make the most sense pairing with sea salt. Salt and chocolate go together, that much is true to me at least, but sometimes a salt inclusion bar is about balancing the salt and the chocolate and other times it’s about showcasing the flavours of either the chocolate or the salt. The best bar would accomplish all three, but that’s a hard feat and probably even harder when you throw milk in the equation. My hope for this bar is that the milk chocolate will be interesting and that it balances well with the salt. Opening the bar reveals that the salt is topped onto the back side of the bar, rather than worked into the chocolate spiking its way out of the bar. The aroma smells almost identical to that of Kinder chocolate, that sweet milky almost white chocolate aroma. From here on out there’s not really anything wrong with this bar, the melts a little quick owing to the cacao butter and the milk and there’s not much complexity, but otherwise the bar is fairly pleasant. There’s good texture and the chocolate is complementary to the salt, it’s milky and buttercreamy with hints of creamy marzipan sweets, the only real thing lacking is anything overtly interesting or individual. This is a pleasant eating bar with lots of good qualities, but without anything really great to talk about, on the positive side its highly accessible and the Maldon sea salt has a strong complex savoury flavour.

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa beans, soya lecithin, natural vanilla extract, sea salt

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Light milky brown
Texture: Creamy, some flake
Mould: 6 finger T&B embossed slab
Snap: Soft
Temp/Shine: Glossy matte

Aroma 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 8.5
Notes: Sweet chocolate milk, kinder chocolate
Quality: Simple, pleasant

Melt/Mouthfeel 8.5/10

Length: Medium
Evenness: Speeds up a little
Texture: Creamy, glossy, smooth
Quality: Fast, pleasant

Acidity 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 3
Notes: Milk, salt
Quality: Sharp, complementary

Sweetness 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 8.5
Notes: Confectioners cream, buttercream
Quality: Confectionary

Flavour 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Type: Sweet, salt
Notes: Fresh grassy milk, white chocolate, marzipan cream, malt, sharp iodine salt
Quality: Simple, confectionary

Length 8.5/10

Flavours get longer into the middle, salt helps complete the rounds

Finish 8.5/10

Notes: Sharp iodine salt, cream
Quality: Finish is full of sharp iodine salt creating a savoury tone, while creamy notes linger at the front of the palate

Balance 9/10

Bar has a good degree of balance, chocolate and salt are complementary, light structure isn’t required to balance minimal complexity

Overall 8.5/10

Bar has some depth of flavour and some dimension, very small amount complexity is easily balanced, structure is consistently absent and expression feels honest, but not particularly unique, expression is of a salted dark milk chocolate bar


Taylor & Bennett’s Tasting Notes: This incredible single origin milk chocolate uses cacao from the Dominican Republic. A high cacao percentage balances the sweetness and the Maldon sea salt flakes lift the whole experience. Slightly nutty with a hint of pleasing acidity

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2 thoughts on “Taylor & Bennett Milk Chocolate 46% Sea Salt 85.5/100

  1. I didn’t know they were producing this themselves, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them mention being bean to bar. I’d assumed it was the Valrhona Bahibe 46% .

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