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Delightfully smooth. Perfect inclusion of the peppercorns to give the overall chocolate that oomph but it doesn't overwhelm the fruity notes of the cocoa itself. I rarely feel that the description of the product matches in actuality but this one was summed up perfectly with "subtle chocolate" and "fruity-sweet tartness of cocoa".
I have had pink peppercorn chocolate before where the chocolate and peppercorn flavors were perfectly balanced, but for me, this bar was overshadowed by the strong peppercorn. I was hoping to taste more of the fruity notes of Madagascar chocolate, but sadly, it was lost under the weighty flavor of peppercorn. That being said, this bar does have a nice mouth feel and melts smoothly. I was just left disappointed by the chocolate being a far second fiddle to the pink peppercorn.
I expected more fruitiness and tartness. The flavor profile is driven by the very rare pepper aroma softened by the mild yet warm chocolate background. The red berries notes are like ghosts: something you can feel around you but you cannot see. Mysterious and immersive but very delicate. I believe it represents a perfect choice for pairing with wine and cheese.
Despite the cacao origin and the inclusion specialty, I recommend this bar for its mild taste and beautiful aroma. I expected more fruity flavor though.
Collection title: 68% to 75% Cocoa
Collection title: Akesson Estate
Collection description: Perhaps one of the most famous origins in the world, Akesson’s Estate consists of several individual farms in northwestern Madagascar’s Sambirano Valley. The most prolific of these is certainly Bejofo Estate, which alone produces around 300 tons of cocoa each year. Over the last decade, Malagasy cacao (cacao grown on Madagascar) has earned a reputation for fruity, almost juicy cacao beans, which transform into some of the most unique chocolate in the world. All of the cacao grown on Akesson Estate is organic-certified.
Collection title: Akesson's
Collection description: Akesson's founded by Bertil Akesson is largely responsible for some of the super fine cacao we see coming from Madagascar. Bertil manages several estates in the Sambirano Valley, and also has a few plantations in Indonesia and Brazil. Bertil is one of the pioneers of the bean to bar chocolate movement, and produces a line of single origin and inclusion bars using the spices that also grow on his plantations. Akesson's focuses on high quality cocoa while maintaining sustainable practices. Not only has Akesson's won many awards, other chocolate makers have also won awards for their bars with Akesson's cacao.
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Madagascar
Collection title: Chocolate with Inclusions
Collection title: Dairy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list dairy as an ingredient. However, they are not all certified Dairy Free. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of milk" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. For those with serious sensitivity to milk, please chat us up for specific recommendations!
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: France Chocolate Makers
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Non GMO Chocolate
Collection title: Organic Chocolate
Collection title: Sambirano Valley, Madagascar
Collection description: Perhaps the most famous growing region in the world, northern Madagascar's Sambirano Valley is known for its incredibly fruity cacao and aromatic herbs & spices. Over the past few decades three main plantations have popped up in the area to supply cacao to chocolate makers around the world, as well as some of the world's most valuable botanicals, namely vanilla, ylang-ylang, and essential oil extracts.
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Valentine's Day Chocolate Gifts & Picks
Collection description: Seasonal bars and favorite Valentine's Day craft chocolate and gifts, that make for extraordinary gift giving to your loved ones.
Collection title: Variety-Trinitario
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
award-Academy of Chocolate
award-International Chocolate Awards