Manufaktura Czekolady Peru 70% 86/100

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This bar is made with beans that come from Peru. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Warsaw where Christopher Stypułkowski and Thomas Sienkiewicz turn them into one of Manufaktura’s chocolate bars.

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I’ve had plenty of cacao from Peru now, but if you asked me to describe Peruvian cacao as an origin, I might struggle, the flavours from different beans, regions and bar makers have left me confused about what to expect. I’ve experienced everything from raisins to lemons to hazelnuts to honey to cherries and florals, even berries and Christmas cake. With this bar coming from a single countrywide origin rather than a single estate or farm, I’d expect something more in line with a general Peruvian flavour. Opening the packaging reveals a slightly unrefined moulding, but more appreciable is the darker colour of the chocolate that hints at a darker roast. Breaking a piece off reveals a pretty distinctive aroma that’s got plenty of dimension to its fragrance, smokey leather and caramelised limes lead into green apple skin with a white sugar tone on the finish. Placing a piece in my mouth, the chocolate is glossy and slick and at first suggests at some industrial style processing, before I realise it’s down to the darker more developed roast. To taste the bar is a mark of contrasts, the initial dark roast and associated roasted flavours offer a roasted and bitter profile, while the darker roast has encouraged development of the sugars to produce fruity top notes of green apple and a light sweetness that underpins the roasted notes. This is definitely a bar for dark roast fans and I dare say it would probably go down well in the likes of Paris and Vienna, but I do wonder what would have been revealed from a slightly lighter roast. One to be enjoyed alongside dark roast coffee and creamy patisserie.

Ingredients: Cocoa, sugar

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Darker roasted brown
Texture: Smooth fudge
Mould: Unrefined 5×3 blocks
Snap: Very crisp
Temp/Shine: Glossy

Aroma 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Notes: Smokey leather, caramelised limes, green apple skin, icing sugar
Quality: Dimensioned, sweet, fermented

Melt/Mouthfeel 8.5/10

Length: Long
Evenness: Fairly even, quickens a little
Texture: Smooth, glossy, creamy
Quality: Tempered, glossy, slick

Acidity 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 2
Notes: Green apple, lime
Quality: Fruity, refined, balancing

Sweetness 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 7
Notes: Toffee, fruit juice, burnt sugar
Quality: Developed, multi-layered

Flavour 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Type: Bitter, sweet
Notes: Roast, roasted barley, dark roast coffee, green apple
Quality: Roasted, developed

Length 9/10

Bar has a decent length, with both roast and developed flavours lasting the course, rounds are long slowly turning on the fruit driven acidity

Finish 8/10

Notes: Apple, roast, sugar
Quality: The last sweet notes of apple carry up to the end before a sweet roasted finish leaving lingering roasted notes

Balance 8.5/10

Bar displays two halves, a roasted bitter side and a fruity sweet side at almost complete opposites, which provides a balance of sorts a complementary but distinctly separate set of flavours, medium structure provides consistency. Complementary rather than harmoniously balanced

Overall 8.5/10

Bar has depth and there’s some dimension in the top notes, small amount of complexity is well managed, structure is consistent, honest expression is present, but expression displays more characteristics of roast, processing provides strong development, but at the cost of a particularly dark roast


Manufaktura Czekolady’s Tasting Notes: Aromatic, intense but refreshing. Floral-fruity notes with a sweetness of sweet sour cherry

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