Monday, May 24, 2010

Pralus Sao Tome and Principe

Manufacturer: Pralus
Cocoa Content: 75%
Manufacturer Website
Rating: B+

Up for tasting today is a dark chocolate by Pralus from Sao Tome & Principe. The chocolate is ebony in color with a hint of purple. On the palate there is an initial roasted coffee flavor along with a significant bitter kick. There are nutty notes, including some hazelnut. A faint acidity makes itself known with a citrus/grapefruit note. There is a hint of sugar wafer, and a smoky/roasted note of peat as well. Chewing the chocolate opens up some sweeter undertones including pecan and a faint pomegranate note. The finish lingers with a bitterness reminiscent of good coffee along with some earth and peat.

I really enjoyed the Pralus Sao Tome and Principe. It has a distinct bitter flavor, with some nice roasted/smoky notes. If this had a bit more complexity then it would definitely earn an "A", but as it is I would still recommend it highly.

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