I have to thank ChocolateMission reader Phil for making this review possible - he so kindly bought these bars from his local shop in Newcastle. Ever since trying the delicious original Niederegger Marzipan bar I been looking to get hold of some of their flavoured marzipan variants. Well thanks to Phil this became a possibility; and he sent across two different Niederegger variants the 'Espresso' and the 'Rum and Walnut'.
Both of these bars came in a different format to the tried, tested and liked 'loaf' bar, and came in a long fingers that were split into six blocks. Although the pieces still contained a nice amount of detail with the Niederegger logos, I wasn't all that taken by the long, thin bar format. For starters the blocks weren't that easy to break off, which actually made splitting them up quite messy.
My thoughts on how they both tasted are below:
Niederegger Marzipan Rum & Walnut:
Unlike any other Niederegger bar I have tried so far this one actually implemented the marzipan within a milk chocolate coating. The product emanated a very obvious alcohol element in its aroma that I thought smelt particularly strong.
The rum smell was very indicative of the taste, and despite it only constituting 1.3% of the total bar it was very dominant. The milk chocolate base was all but brushed aside in the grand scheme of things, though it added a degree of additional sweetness. The marzipan more acted like a sponge for the rum and it had a noticeably more moist texture than any other Niederegger variant I have tried. The very small walnut, almond and hazelnut pieces did bring a slight nuttiness, though they largely figured in the aftertaste. As I have said the rum was indeed quite strong, and unfortunately not all that great tasting. It was sweet, yet sharp and to be honest just tasted like a cheap liqueur.
Overall this was a disappointment, with the rum element having an overstated presence. Not only did it ruin the taste, it also partially negated the texture of the marzipan as it gave it a rather soggy feel in the mouth. This isn't a variant I would really recommend.
6.6 out of 10
Niederegger Marzipan Espresso:
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Given my love for both coffee and Niederegger marzipan this surely had to be a match made in heaven!? The additional coffee element was immediately evident from the smell and was very apparent between the sweet, nutty scents.
The dark chocolate was its usual unspectacular self, though it did lay some foundation cocoa flavours from which the coffee and marzipan elements built on nicely. After the initial unsweetened chocolate flavour base was established the coffee was next evident in taste. It was just about the right strength and despite its espresso billing wasn't overly imposing. Unlike the texture of Rum & Walnut the marzipan retained its firm, crumbly texture with the delicious buttery, nut flavours following the coffee hit soon after.
Overall the combination of the coffee and marzipan was balanced nicely and definitely complimented each other well. I would love to try this implemented in the 'loaf' format as I think it would have been delivered that little bit better had the pieces not been so small. If you like coffee and marzipan this is definitely a product you should be looking out for.