Chocolate and Love Rich 71%

Kcal 577 Fat 43g Fat (Sat) 26g Carbs 33g (Per 100g)

The latest exquisite piece of art to dawn Chocolate and Love’s Rich Dark 71% is a bit like a puzzle picture, in which you have to decipher the hidden image. It took be a little while to realise that these beautiful patterns were in fact peacock feathers. Peacocks can be found in Kenya and the Dominican Republic, where the cacao is sourced, which is admittedly a bit of a stretch in weaving a relationship between the two, but looks attractive none-the-less. The chocolate itself looks a bit dull and has no glossy sheen to tempt you with.

At 71% cacao level the bar has a bitter aroma and notes of sour fruits; it veers towards the acidic spectrum, which leaves a lingering after taste. On my first tasting session, I found it too strong, and the texture a bit dry, but after another taste test on a warmer day, the chocolate melted in the mouth more comfortably and it brought out the flavours in a much more pleasing way. It was a surprise to me that the same bar gave me completely different experiences, not so much in terms of taste, but by how much I enjoyed those tastes. Perhaps it had to do with the weather, perhaps it had to do with my mood, or maybe with what I had eaten before that; whichever is the case, it makes rating the Rich Dark 71% difficult to rate. I think my best conclusion is that the chocolate is best enjoyed in small quantities and probably after something savoury or before eating anything else. If eaten after something sweet, I think it the contrasting darkness of the bar becomes a bit overpowering.

Presentation: 9
Aroma: 6.5
Taste: 7.5
Sustenance: 10
Texture: 6.5
Overall: 7.9