March 7th: Lindt Excellence White & Dark 2011

This time last year Lindt took their Excellence range here in the UK and gave it somewhat of a makeover. The first part of this 'relaunch' saw them redesign their wrappers, updating and modernising the entire range. The second change was the introduction of two milk chocolate offerings - the reviews of which you can see HERE.

One year on, Lindt have introduced a further two new variants to their Excellence range. This time however, they have decided to expand the breadth of their range by making the inclusion to their dark and white chocolate parts of their portfolio. I found both of these Lindt Excellence White A Touch of Vanilla and Lindt Excellence Dark 70% Cocoa Mild bars in my local Sainsburys supermarket, where they were priced on a 2 for £2.50 promotion.

As ever, the Lindt Excellence presentation standards were phenomenally high, though I had issues taking the photos of the white bar due to just how bright both the chocolate and outer box were. Below are my thoughts on each of the two new offerings.

Lindt Excellence White A Touch of Vanilla
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This bar came described as 'Extra fine white chocolate with natural Madagascan vanilla aroma'. As far as I'm aware this is actually the first ever Lindt Excellence white chocolate bar to get distribution here in the UK. Luckily for me I have previously managed to get hold of some bars from Germany - the Coconut and Stracciatella both fine white chocolate in their own right. With these positives experiences, I have to say I was expecting a bit more from this 'Touch of Vanilla' offering. Texture wise the mouth feel and melt was still wonderful, however when it came to the taste I was a little underwhelmed by the very light flavours on offer. Thankfully it wasn't a cheap tasting white chocolate, dominated by a heavy sugar rooted contextt. Unfortunately, neither did it have the depth of cream or vanilla flavours desired. Strangely, for a Lindt chocolate I was left feeling underwhelmed. This was far from being a poor white chocolate, but the Coconut & Stracciatella Lindt offerings deliver a much more interesting experience.

7.9 out of 10

Lindt Excellence Dark 70% Cocoa Mild
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I did debate even bothering to review this bar, as I thought there was no way I was ever going to like it more than I did the original Lindt Excellence Dark 70% Cocoa. The bar came described as simply 'Extra fine dark chocolate' - nothing more, nothing less. According to the packaging, the mildness of the chocolate is driven by the 'extremely careful selection of mild cocoa beans'. There is no mention of where these beans come from, to be honest I'm still confused as to how they determine a normal cocoa bean to a 'mild' one!? ... I will leave that for you guys to answer! Anyway, as expressed by it's name this chocolate was indeed much lighter in taste compared to the original 70%. It still retained the myriad of earthy, coffee hints flavour notes, however in comparison they were less raw and intense. From a personal point of view this wasn't preferable as I prefer the stronger tasting chocolate. Those looking for a high level cocoa content chocolate with a lighter taste may be interested in what is on offer here though.

7.7 out of 10