Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate

Manufacturer: Lindt
Cocoa Content: 85%
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Rating: A-

Continuing on with out flight of Lindt Dark Chocolate is the 85% Cocoa Extra Dark. The Extra Dark is dark blackish-brown in color. It has a nice firm snap to it. First to hit the palate are some faint roasted notes. From there bitterness starts to take over. There is also some acidity notable. Notes of citrus, ash and plum are present. Chewing the chocolate seems to de-emphasize the bitterness to a small degree. Notes of earthiness, tobacco and black pepper are detectable upon chewing the chocolate.

The Lindt 85% Extra Dark Chocolate has a fairly thick, almost pasty mouthfeel. There is a fine hint of grit, and a slight pucker from the acidity. The finish lingers with notes of tobacco and finally fading to a creamy latte flavor. While I generally prefer chocolate in the 70% cocoa range that is more suited to snacking, this chocolate has some great complexity in its flavor. The bitterness is strong without being overpowering. If you're ready to step up to some higher cocoa percentage chocolates, this is a great place to start.

1 comment:

  1. It's disgustingly bitter if had by itself. It's only good with some good ice cream