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Monthly Club Tasting Notes

We are pleased to showcase bean to bar chocolate from:
Marou, Jasper + Myrtle, Disidente, Crow & Moss

Marou (Vietnam) Ba Ria 76% is a rich red fruit bar made with beans from the Bà Rịa province in SE Vietnam. As with many Vietnamese bars, while strong fruit is predominant, the different regions offer subtleties in flavor. This one has flavor notes of tamarind, cherries and has a nice smooth finish with notes of coffee and a hint of malt. (We were very sad to hear that one of the founders Samuel Maruta passed away earlier this month, and we know that his enormous impact and legacy will not be forgotten.)

Jasper + Myrtle (Australia) PNG Dark Chocolate 66% is made by a small chocolate maker based in Canberra, Australia. All of their chocolates is handmade from cacao beans they source directly from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. This unique chocolate origin has garnered them several awards over the years, recently a Gold at the International Chocolate Awards (Asia Pacific Division). This classic dark chocolate has robust fruity flavors with a gradual progression.

Disidente (Colombia) Rio Sinu & Matombo 75% are two single origin micro-lot bars that show case some of the amazing diversity of cacao varieties in Colombia. Disidente is a young chocolate company started by El Colaboratorio, who handles the production of cacao and works with many small producers to ensure quality and consistency. They have detailed traceability and promote the safeguarding of agrobiodiversity of cacao. The Rio Sinu has delicate layers of peach notes, sapote with a sweet toasted hazelnut finish. The Matombo has a more floral profile with hints of berries and ripe grape.

Crow & Moss (USA) Bolivian Rose Salt 67% is mined by hand from ancient salt deposits that formed millions of years ago deep within the Andes Mountain range. Its pale rose color and delicate flavor come from a broad range of trace minerals that compliment the nutty, well-rounded flavor profile of the Colombian Arauca cacao beans. Mike Davies of Crow & Moss makes artisan chocolate in 100 pound batches in a small factory in Petoskey, Michigan.