Friday, January 14, 2011

Chocovic Ocumare 71% Dark Chocolate

From the cacao plantations of Venezuela via Barcelona, The Dark Chocolate Blog brings you the Chocovic Ocumare 71% dark chocolate bar. Enjoy!

Manufacturer: Chocovic
Cocoa Content: 71%
Location: Venezuela
Manufacturer Website
Rating: B+

Today's chocolate tasting is from Spanish chocolate maker Chocovic. Up for review today is their Ocumare 71% dark chocolate bar. The Chocovic Ocumare is deep brown in color with a purplish-red tint.

The first impression on the palate is a nutty, woody chocolate note. Rich chocolate flavor builds over background bitter notes. There are notes of dried fruit, namely raisins and prunes. Fragrant wood notes of hickory and cedar are distinct here, along with some spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a low-to-moderate amount of acidity, but it is just enough to work well with the flavor profile of this chocolate. Chewing the Chocovic Ocumare opens up notes of dried berries, tobacco and leather. The bar melts to a smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel, with just a slight cooling sensation. The finish has nutty and woody espresso notes.

The Chocovic Ocumare has an enjoyable, distinct flavor. The woody and dried fruit flavors pair very well together, and the lower level of acidity in this chocolate supports those flavors well. This is a very good chocolate, especially if you like the acidity toned down a bit.

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