USA, Madagascar, 75%
The chocolate of Patric’s 75% Madagascar bar is structured with earthy roasted tones figured with bright fruit highs. The bar keeps a fairly tame profile which really lets you enjoy the balance and never strayed into being too acidic, something I find with some beans from Madagascar.
The bar looks pretty in its package: the brand name is embossed across the length of the bar and a slight texture is floated around it. The bar looked and felt glossy and had a cared for appearance overall. Equally nice was its snap which required some pressure to break and gave way with some real satisfaction. Bringing a piece to your nose offers you a slightly sour and earthy aroma. Those two worlds mingled all throughout the bar from start to finish.
At first blush the chocolate is mildly acidic. The tanginess gives the chocolate a thin mouth feel since it also makes your mouth water quite a bit. This aids the spread of the flavor throughout your mouth, which continues the mouth-watering and so forth.
Underneath it all is a strong roasted element which, combined with the acidity, gives it the bar a medium roast coffee vibe. It’s gentle bite reminded of currants and plum skins too. As the flavor of the bar receded a bit more sweetness comes into play, giving the impression of homemade lemonade to me. The finish is lightly bitter and round.
This chocolate gives a very even experience overall without many peaks and valleys, it’s not complicated or aggressive. It’s an honest chocolate that gives you exactly what it promises you when you first start to experience it. If you’re a coffee lover especially I think you’ll find kinship here as many of the flavors mirror it. You might just find yourself replacing your morning cup.
Being the son of a chocolatier Chris has always enjoyed talking about chocolate as much as he loves eating it. He’s an artist and designer as well as a co-founder of the Chocolate Codex.