Moser Roth Peru 62% 82.5/100

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This bar is made using beans from Peru. 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 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 there’s some pretty consistent matte moulding from Moser Roth with a good all round appearance. Breaking off a piece, there’s a decent aroma here, it’s fairly simple featuring a fruitiness underpinned by hazelnuts and honey, but it’s got a fairly honest expression. Placing a piece in my mouth reveals a texture that’s not far away from clotted cream, but far enough away to be a little strange, a sort of viscous jellied milk texture that’s in part pleasant and in part hard to get to grips with. To taste this bar reminds me of Greek yoghurt with honey and almonds, it’s a slightly delicate flavour that’s expressive of Peruvian origin flavours, but in a very masked and processed way with a large element of dairy. There’s some fairly decent length and the flavours are if anything, clear and concise, but the bar lacks some balance and the finish could be improved. If you’re looking for an introduction to single origin chocolate and individual flavours, then this bar is pretty accessible, but if you’re looking for something more distinctive and original there’s other Peruvian bars with a truer display of origin.

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

Appearance 9/10

Colour: Medium brown
Texture: Very smooth
Mould: 5 x 25g Moser Roth print slabs
Snap: Crisp
Temp/Shine: Matte gloss, consistent

Aroma 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 7
Notes: Fruity cocoa, hazelnut, honey, floral almond
Quality: Simple, honest, rounded

Melt/Mouthfeel 8/10

Length: Long
Evenness: Speeds up a little
Texture: Milk, viscous, jelly, slippery
Quality: Confectionary, slick

Acidity 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 3
Notes: Lime
Quality: Fruity, balancing

Sweetness 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Notes: Honey, powder sugar, sweetened condensed milk
Quality: Simple

Flavour 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Type: Sweet
Notes: Milk, almond, honey, lime, vanilla
Quality: Confectionary, light

Length 8.5/10

Flavours have a decent length, rounding on sweet and fruity peaks

Finish 8/10

Notes: Lime, almond, powder sugar, cream
Quality: Fruity lime notes and creamy almond tones fill the end before a powder sugar finish that leaves a vanilla cream sensation to linger on after the melt

Balance 8/10

Bar heads in the direction of balance, but its light tone and medium structure don’t provide quite enough stability for the sweet milky and fruity flavours giving them a bit of a wobble

Overall 8/10

Bar has a small amount of depth and a small amount of dimension, simple complexity is somewhat balanced, medium structure is on the lighter side but consistent, expression seems party true of origin, but masked by processing which half obscures terroir, but only half provides smooth creaminess


Moser Roth’s Tasting Notes: Moser Roth Peruvian is a delicious treat for connoisseurs of sophisticated gourmet chocolate. Lovers of fine dark chocolate will appreciate the characteristic cocoa aroma from a single origin, where ideal climatic conditions result in a fruity cocoa flavour. In combination with a slight roasted nuance it creates a delightfully smooth and intense dark chocolate. Moser Roth single origin bars are ethically sourced supporting fairer trading conditions and sustainable livelihoods for local producers.

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