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Like others have mentioned, definitely a gritty chocolate- however, I didn’t dislike the texture. The taste was definitely a bit underwhelming to me, I found the sour note a bit too overpowering for my liking. Tasting notes are on point. Definitely an interesting bar (I’ve never had a double fermented bar before)- but it would not be me first pick.
The flavor of this bar is very interesting. I definitely get a strong balsamic flavor, with some sweet berry notes. On flavor alone, I would give this probably 4 stars, maybe 5. Very unique, if not entirely in my normal preferences.
However, the texture really gets me. I know it's "coarse ground" as noted right on the label. But I wasn't quite ready for how coarse ground it was. It's a texture I normally would associate with a poorly made bar of chocolate. It is quite gritty, and has a distinctly crunchy chew. As such, it also doesn't melt in you mouth very well.
If you don't mind the grit, or maybe even if you just go into it knowing what to expect, this can probably be a great chocolate. But my family hasn't found it to be the most appetizing, primarily due to the texture. It was a fascinating experience, and I'm glad I tried it, but if this was my first time trying a craft chocolate, I'm not sure how quickly I'd be coming back for more.
It is a particular bar but I enjoyed the tasting experience. Indeed the balsamic notes remind me a bit Qantu Tresor Cache. Anyways, the combo of balsamic and strawberries with champagne is very popular in my home country. So I am used to it. But I appreciate some differentiation in terms of nuts and apple. Sometimes we should look at some bars as experimentation. We are tasting what it seems a unique method and understanding the result. It is not always a matter of "like or dislike" but learning.
Smooth melt, very fruity. I've never had a bar that tastes like this before - I agree with the balsamic notes. Probably the first double ferment I've had.
Strong balsamic aroma. Champagne and strawberry notes. Grainy texture. Very unique, but a bit pricey.
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: BIPOC Chocolate
Collection description: This collection highlights craft chocolate bars from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) owned chocolate companies and chocolate makers.
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Taiwan
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: Fu Wan Chocolate
Fu Wan Chocolate (or FuWan) is a tree and bean to bar chocolate maker from Taiwan. They make chocolates from natively grown Taiwanese cocoa and from other fine cocoa bean sources from around the world. In 2011, Fu Wan originally started a resort, Warren Hsu, the executive chef at the resort wanted to provide the best local cuisine to its guests. One day he met a cacao farmer while Hsu was sourcing local ingredients and was introduced to cacao, and Hsu was immediately inspired by real tasting chocolate! With the cacao industry being relatively young, most of the cacao is being exported, making Fu Wan one of the very few makers handcrafting bean to bar chocolate with local cacao beans. Hsu has trained with bean to bar makers to share his journey of flavors through his chocolate bars. Fu Wan also believes in an eco-friendly approach. They take emptied out cacao pods, which are considered a waste product and convert them into cacao syrup. They also product cacao tea and even in the works of producing cacao paper. Warren came up with the name Fu Wan because Fu meaning fortune, blessings and happiness, and Wan means bay. Fu Wan is located near a national scenic area, hence they are from a bay full of fortune, blessings and happiness!
Collection title: Gluten Free Chocolate
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: New Year New Decade! Sale
Collection description: Treat yourself to 10% off all bars in our Happy New Year collection. Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Sale valid until Jan 3rd, 2020.
Collection title: Nut Free Chocolate
Collection title: Pingtung, Taiwan
Collection description: Pingtung County is the southernmost region in Taiwan, with a warm tropical monsoon climate and a reputation for agricultural & aboriginal tourism. Until the arrival of Hakka settlers from southern China in the mid-1600’s, this part of Taiwan was actually known as a place of exile for Chinese criminals. In modern-day Pingtung, it’s still common to hear locals speaking the Hakka language, and occasionally one of the few remaining indigenous languages of Taiwan. Cacao is believed to have been introduced to the region during the lengthy Japanese occupation of Taiwan, in the late 1800’s, and has only seen a resurgence over the last decade.
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Soy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list soy products as an ingredient. However, they are not all certified Soy Free. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of soy" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. For those allergic to Soy, please chat us up for specific recommendations!
Collection title: Taiwan Chocolate Makers
Collection title: Variety-Trinitario