Friday, May 28, 2010

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Evening Dream 60% Cacao

Manufacturer: Ghirardelli
Cocoa Content: 60%
Manufacturer Website
Rating: B-

Up for review today is the "Evening Dream", which is a 60% cacao chocolate bar from Ghirardelli's Intense Dark line of dark chocolate. The Evening Dream is deep brown in color with a hint of orange-red. It has a deep, rich chocolate flavor. There is a hint of bitterness present. Red fruit flavors of sweet cherries and pomegranate are highlighted by a mild acidity. Nutty notes of chestnut and walnut are present along with sweet notes of vanilla and marshmallow.

Chewing the Evening Dream bar brings forward notes of of vanilla and hot cocoa, but a funny bitter undertone is also highlighted. The Ghirardelli Evening Dream has a smooth mouthfeel. The finish is short and chocolatey, with a hint of pomegranate.

I found the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Evening Dream to have a nice flavor, but it was rather lacking in the complexity department. There was a slight off taste with the bitter note that keeps this from scoring higher marks. I am looking forward to tasting some of the darker chocolates from this line, in hopes that the higher cocoa content will open up greater complexity.

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