Monday, June 14, 2010

Pralus Tanzanie

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

Today's tasting is yet another dark chocolate from Pralus's "Pyramide des Tropiques". As you can probably guess, the cocoa in the "Tanzanie" dark chocolate bar comes from Tanzania, which is located just south of Kenya on the east coast of Africa. The chocolate bar is dark mahogany in color with hints of orange and red. The initial flavor impression is a bitter note resembling black coffee or bitter, IPA-style hops. There is an acidity that builds and highlights orange and citrus notes along with tart berries.

Chewing the Tanzanie dark chocolate brings forward floral and herbal notes, along with cherries, tobacco and pepper. The finish is rather long with a bitter/tannin note resembling hop flowers, along with some fruit notes and a hint of spice. The texture of the Tanzanie has a bit of grittiness to it.

I really found the flavor of this bar to be quite interesting. The bitterness plays off the floral/herbal flavors as well as the citrus notes to give the impression of a hoppy India Pale Ale. Being a big fan of hoppy beer, I really enjoyed this flavor combo. The only thing keeping this chocolate bar from scoring higher was some texture issues. This chocolate is well worth searching out if you like both bitter beer and bitter chocolate.

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