Patric Chocolate Sambirano Valley Madagascar 75%
Madagascar cacao sweetened only with pure cane sugar and no other added ingredients. Pure and simple.
Images of the Sambirano river delta from space. And images of the valley and cocoa drying from the Sakalava Village. These images are unrelated to Patric Chocolate, but this is what the region looks like.
Bean Varietal: Hybrid
Ingredients: Cocoa beans and pure cane sugar.
Lot #: 101833
Appearance: Smooth, shiny, simple monogrammed molding. Very deep brown color.
Snap: Good firm, deep snap. Asymmetrical break lines, but clean.
Aroma: Roasted cocoa, cedar wood. bright and citric, but a lot more subdued than the other Madagascar bars from Patric. Very mild overall.
Taste: Tart, notes of dried tart cherries at the beginning, very citrus forward, acidic, once it's opened up a bit big cedar wood, vodka notes, roasted cocoa, tiny hints or tar and rubber but very slight. Dry, bitter retro-olfaction finish.
Texture: Smooth, soft and creamy, medium melt time.
This wasn't my favorite from Patric Chocolate, but still a fantastic chocolate over all. I personally found it to be too tart and acidic over all but still this bar had some fantastic notes like tart cherries right up front, and awesome cedar wood flavors. I have really come to appreciate and love the woody characters. I am still in total awe as to what is in the terroir that has the ability to give cocoa beans vodka notes.
It is incredibly smooth without using cocoa butter. It has a fantastic creamy texture once it's opened up and melts beautifully. Alan McClure is a master at taming raw cocoa with little or no additives.
Final Score: 93.4