If you remember my last review, Demarquette is a chocolate brand either for the wealthy or opportunistic (join their mailing list to get great discount offers). With a box of six truffles costing £17.50 and twelve costing £27.50, it is a considered purchase to say the least.
The question is, would you rather spend money on fine quality chocolate that is worth the price or on cheaper sugary mass-produced chocolate that is overpriced?
To help on your quest for an answer, I have laid my hands on a box of Demarquette’s Catongo. What is Catongo, you ask? Well as you may or may not know, it is generally said that there are three types of cocoa bean. The first is Forastero, which is the hardiest, most disease resistant. It is the type most used for mass production chocolate. The second is Criollo, which is considered the highest quality, but also the most susceptible to disease, making it quite rare. The third is Trinitario, which is a hybrid between the two. According to Demarquette, Catongo is a genetic variant of Forastero, but in terms of appearance and taste is much closer to Criollo.
As always, the truffles are impeccably presented in Demarquette’s signature black box. Inside you will find six milk-coloured truffles engraved with the image of two cocoa beans. You’ll note that I said ‘milk-coloured’, for although it looks like milk chocolate, it is a surprising 75% cacao. Catongo is harvested in Brazil and carefully processed so that all cocoa butter is retained; this is what gives the chocolate its lighter milkier colour.
Catongo does not have a strong aroma, but there is a faint whiff of what you might expect from cocoa powder. Its soft melting ganache has an extra smooth texture, and the fresh cream makes it rather cooling inside the mouth. There is a tinge of honey, but I could not detect any of the salt supposedly present. I wouldn’t say that any one ingredient stands out; instead they all join together to create a new flavour; one that is a bit sour and piquant.
You can definitely taste the quality and freshness in Demarquette’s Catongo, but I don’t think I could say it is outstanding enough to warrant paying through the nose for. There are plenty of other chocolates that I have enjoyed much more and at a much more affordable price.