Green & Blacks Thin Dark 70% 83.5/100


This bar is made from organic trinitario beans that are fair trade certified. Originally founded by Craig Sams in 1991, Green & Blacks is now owned and operated by Mondelez International.


I’ve literally just eaten this bar, but in traditional G&B format, rather than this, the new – very similar to Lindt – thin format. I can’t imagine the change of moulding will have much of an effect on flavour – assuming they’re using the same cocoa – but there could be effects on mouthfeel. I’m expecting the same high quality and consistent industrial style processing, with smooth archetypal chocolate flavours that offer something accessible, but not independently interesting. Opening the bar reveals a chocolate that looks very similar Lindt in its format and moulding. Breaking a piece off reveals a floral cocoa aroma with hints of vanilla and violets. Placing a piece in my mouth, reveals a buttery texture that’s fairly smooth, but not as creamy as in the traditional format, revealing a slightly pastey texture. To taste this bar essentially does a job, it remains entirely edible at a low price, it’s completely inoffensive, but at the same time offers very little in the way of excitement. It isn’t really that I have anything to criticise with this bar, more that I have very little exciting to say. Both flavour and processing are suitable for this 70% bar, they produce a fairly full and rounded bar that offers balance and a decent mouthfeel. Flavours stick to the basics and give fairly pleasurable qualities, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and some sweet orange, all simple and easily digestible. What this bar lacks is individuality, an x factor let’s say, anything to distinguish it from any other chocolate. It’s a bit like invasion of the chocolate snatchers, it looks and tastes like chocolate, it seems normal and good, but it lacks any real character, dimension or complexity, its white wallpaper, its generic pop music, it’s the appropriate response to a particular price point in the market.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract (all organic except emulsifier)

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Darker muddy brown, light purpling
Texture: Blasted sandstone
Mould: 2 x 4 G&B apostrophe mould
Snap: Crisp
Temp/Shine: Matte gloss consistent

Aroma 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Notes: Cocoa, vanilla, violets, elderflower
Quality: Deep

Melt/Mouthfeel 9/10

Length: Long
Evenness: Slightly softer towards finish
Texture: Buttery, pastey, smooth
Quality: Full, rich

Acidity 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 3
Notes: Sweet Orange, citrus rind, white grape
Quality: Uplifting, balancing

Sweetness 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 7.5
Notes: Caramel, demerara sugar
Quality: Rounded

Flavour 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Type: Sweet
Notes: Cocoa, vanilla, caramel, sweet orange, violet
Quality: Simple

Length 8.5/10

Flavours are soft but long and round fairly well

Finish 8/10

Notes: Cocoa, vanilla, caramel, sweet orange
Quality: Flavour remains consistent throughout, lingering with the same tones it carries throughout

Balance 8.5/10

Bar remains balanced, there aren’t really any complicated notes to balance, nor is there much individuated depth to be counterweighted, the bar plods along under a medium structure without anything looking out of place

Overall 8/10

There is some depth here, but little dimension, bar is simple, structure remains consistent and balance is maintained due to a lack of complexity, expression displays some distant acidity associated to trinitario heritage, but anything of an individual nature is masked by processing and vanilla

Green & Blacks’ Tasting Notes: Our dark 70% chocolate is made from fine trinitario cocoa beans. The cocoa solids are a combination of cocoa mass and cocoa butter. The cocoa mass provides the complex fruity notes while the cocoa butter allows the chocolate to melt beautifully and cleanly in the mouth, revealing intense bittersweet chocolate aromas. We select the finest organic ingredients and take extra care to bring out the distinct flavour that has become our trademark.




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