Pure, wild grown Bolivian cocoa beans. I have only encountered this one other time with the wild Bolivian beans from Melt Chocolates also in London.
This is a limited edition chocolate bar from Demarquette. I guess it was part of an exclusive batch only made for the UK. Luckily I have a friend who lives in London, and has no problem picking up chocolate for me to review.
There is no information for this chocolate bar that I can find online. A few mentions of the 68% Wild Bolivian from Demarquette. All that I have learned about Bolivian beans so far, is that appararently cocoa grows wild in Bolivia, and that they are wild hybrid beans.
Normally I am stickler about having all the information, but these wild bars are kind of cool without information. It's one of the few times I will be fairly lenient about not having the info. Wild beans from Bolivia, and nothing to do but taste it.
Type: Bittersweet, 72%
Bean Varietal: Unknown, Wild Hybrid
Ingredients: Not Listed
Sample Size: 75g or 2.6oz
Appearance: Smooth, deep rich brown color, shiny surface, a little matted from being wrapped in plastic, but otherwise smooth.
Snap: Good crisp snap, light crisp sound, clean break lines.
Aroma: Awesome aroma, sweet, soft, woody, spicy, Almond Joy (almonds and coconuts), smokey. Once it's been opened up a bit that Almond Joy character softens into an almond butter aroma. Very nutty but soft and pretty. The nose was very aromatic but pretty with soft, delicate notes. It was a bit all over the place too with the wood and spiciness and then softening up into an almond butter. It does have soft roasted cocoa notes once it's been rubbed to open up it's aroma.
Taste: Rich roasted cocoa, sweet, soft, cinnamon, extremely low acidity, but fairly bitter, woody, nutty, dry, a little spicy, some hints of green fruits, but red fruits are dominating. Finishes clean, but has some lingering hints of nuts.
Texture: Smooth, soft, creamy, medium melt time.
I loved the aroma on this chocolate. It was all over the place with being spicy and nutty. It was sweet smelling and sweet tasting but still fairly bitter and finished dry. Unusual chocolate, but certainly exciting trying to figure out all of it's nuances.
This was a very interesting bar of chocolate. I should develop a category for "Thinking man's chocolate." I have a few of these come up where I had to sit back for a while and think about these chocolate. This was one of them.
Final Score: 94.4