Moser Roth Dominican Republic 75% 83.5/100

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This bar is made using beans from the Dominican Republic. Once harvested these beans are shipped to the Reinickendorf borough of Berlin where they are processed by Moser Roth. Moser Roth has been owned by parent company Storck since 2007. All of Moser Roth’s chocolate is UTZ certified and you can read more about what it means to be ‘UTZ certified’ at https://utz.org/

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I’ve tried a lot of chocolate from the Dominican Republic over the years – it’s quite a popular origin lower down the price scale – and my experience so far has been of a chocolate that expresses dark cocoa and earthy tones, but with a propensity for red berry notes when it’s at its best. My hope is that this bar expresses some of the finer qualities of cocoa from the Dominican Republic and remains sweet and balanced rather than overly bitter and intense. Opening the packaging you’re able to select between five individually wrapped 25g rectangle bars, all moulded with Moser Roth branding. Breaking off a piece reveals a somewhat underwhelming aroma of hollow processed cocoa with some sweet vanilla. Placing a piece in my mouth this bar displays a much better mouthfeel with thick and smooth buttercream textures that stick to and coat the mouth. To taste this bar has some fairly simple and archetypal flavours offering notes of baker’s chocolate and cakey brownie lightened by vanilla almond notes. This bar lacks refinement or dimension, rather it is a more traditional dark chocolate designed to represent dark chocolate in general, as opposed to a very unique flavor of origin. The bar is fairly well balanced and this helps to make the bar fairly accessible for a 75% cocoa percentage, but this bar lacks anything unique or exciting. A bar for those who like archetypal dark chocolate, or for those looking to use the chocolate as an ingredient. Best paired in desserts with tropical fruits.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar cocoa butter, fat reduced cocoa powder, emulsifier: Lecithins(soya); ground vanilla

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Dark matte brown
Texture: Smooth
Mould: 5 x 25g Moser Roth print slabs
Snap: Crisp, hard
Temp/Shine: Matte gloss, consistent

Aroma 7.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Notes: Processed cocoa, sweet vanilla
Quality: Hollow, slightly synthetic

Melt/Mouthfeel 9/10

Length: Long
Evenness: Fairly even
Texture: Thick, smooth, buttercream
Quality: Mouthcoating, refined, smooth

Acidity 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 2
Notes: Papaya
Quality: Balancing

Sweetness 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 7
Notes: Caramel, light muscovado
Quality: Simple, balancing

Flavour 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Type: Sweet, bitter
Notes: Sweet baker’s chocolate, cakey brownie, roast, vanilla almonds, malt, papaya
Quality: Simple, deep, balanced

Length 8.5/10

Flavours develop a fairly decent length, rounding on the turn of vanilla

Finish 8.5/10

Notes: Baker’s chocolate, malt, papaya
Quality: Baker’s chocolate makes its way to the end before a malty finish with notes of caramel/papaya, leaving sweet caramel cocoa notes to linger in the mouth

Balance 9/10

Bar is pretty well balanced, levels are equalised and attributes are complementary, rigid structure provides lots of stability

Overall 8/10

Bar has a surprising amount of depth, but lacks dimension or complexity, structure is uniformly rigid and expression is truest of roast and processing


Moser Roth’s Tasting Notes: Is a delicate treat for connoisseurs of sophisticated gourmet chocolate. Lovers of rich dark chocolate will appreciate the characteristic cocoa aromas from a single origin; namely the heart of the Caribbean. Fruity notes in combination with rich dark nuances provide the intensive chocolate pleasure to satisfy the most discerning palate. Moser Roth single origin bars are ethically sourced supporting fairer trading conditions and sustainable livelihoods for local producers.

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