An homage to New Orleans with chicory root spiced coffee in dark chocolate from Vosges' exotic bar collection.
The cultivated chicory plant has a history reaching back to ancient Egyptian time. Medieval monks raised the plants and when coffee was introduced to Europe, the Dutch thought that chicory made a lively addition to the bean drink.
In the United States chicory root has long been used as a substitute for coffee in prisons. By the 1840s, after New York, the port of New Orleans was the second largest importer of coffee. Louisianans began to add chicory root to their coffee when Union naval blockades during the American Civil War cut off the port of New Orleans creating a long-standing tradition.
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Type: Flavored/Filled bittersweet, 72%
Bean Varietal: Unknown, probably Forestaro
Ingredients: Dark chocolate [cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla], chicory coffee, cocoa nibs.
Sample Size: 14g or .5oz
Appearance: Deep, dark brown color, inspirational quote monogram, scratched up surface, and no shine.
Snap: Good crisp snap. Small thin sample, but still produced a nice audible snap.
Aroma: Char, coffee grinds, hints of licorice, trees, wood, earthy, spicy, rustic.
Taste: Deep dark chocolate, sweet, tart, acidic, coffee grinds,
Texture: Smooth chocolate, quick melt-time, gritty yet crispy bits, very small bits of nibs.
Another disappointing appearance for Vosges. What's up with the heavy scratches on the bar? There was no damage to the box so I can't figure out how it would get so scratched up. And another matted surface with no shine. Strange matted appearance on the back of the bar with a weird dotted pattern. I am not talking about from the nibs in the bar either.
Wonderful earthy and rich aroma of spices, coffee, char, and wood. The taste was a little acidic and tart, but also sugary and sweet with coffee flavors. It's hard to explain. It's very coffee-ish and strong, but not beating you over the head with coffee flavor. The nibs added a nice earthy bitterness as well.
But once again, the skimpy fillings and flavorings are becoming a bad hallmark of Vosges. "Here is a flavorful bar of chocolate and doesn't these ingredients just sound really good and special? We're going to tell you about it and show you glorious packaging of all the spices and flavors but only add scraps to the bar." The nibs in this bar are pathetic. They add enough flavor, but it could have been a much more dynamic and rich bar with actual nibs in the bar and not some shavings.
It almost has a Taza Chocolate-like grittiness on it because the nibs are so scant and small. It's evenly spread out though and makes for a more coffee grind-like texture. Which means only slightly larger granules than Taza's texture. The texture is more crispy instead of of crunchy and full. The chocolate is smooth and nice with a good melt-time.
This is a nicely flavored bar. Good coffee flavors but not over the top and no coffee jitters to add to the cacao caffeine. Good rich Sao Tome chocolate base and chicory flavors that are nice and mellow although a little tart and gives way to that acidic jab in the neck glands. The nibs do provide a nice earthy and rustic flavor, but would have been a lot better had they been fuller pieces.
Final Score: 88.4