Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pralus Equateur

Manufacturer: Pralus
Cocoa Content: 75%
Manufacturer Website
Rating: A-

Today we wrap up our tastings from Pralus's "Pyramide des Tropiques" with the Equateur. This Ecuadorean 75% cocoa dark chocolate bar is deep brown in color with ruby highlights. The Equateur hits the palate with a bitter cocoa/espresso note up front that has a nice bitter kick. Acidity builds leading to notes of lemon and raisins. Some buttery notes are here as well as some caramel. Peanut butter nuttiness and black pepper spice are present as well.

Chewing the Equateur brings forward notes of vanilla, caramel and honey. The mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth and creamy. On the finish the bitterness fades leaving a flavor akin to peanut butter and jelly with some lingering spiciness. This is another great bar from Pralus. It has a well-rounded flavor balanced between a bitter kick and acid undertones. There is some nice complexity that develops in this dark chocolate bar.

If you're looking for a sampler of high-end chocolate, then the Pralus Pyramide is a great choice. You can really see the regional differences between various chocolates. All of the chocolates are very good, with a few real gems like the Ghana that really stand out.

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