What is most interesting about the Felchlin Centenario is that it comes in two forms, Crudo and Concha. The Crudo is semi-finished with the texture (crunch) of fine sugar particles. Also because it is not conched for very long the flavor is dominated by the sweetness of the sugar particles. The Concha is fully conched in the old longitudinal conches Felchlin uses for the rest of the Grand Cru line. What is startling is the differences between the two chocolates - it is one of the best examples there is (in a commercial chocolate) of just what kinds of changes happen to a chocolate during conching. The Concha has warm soft spice notes (as I remember) and the typical Felchlin mouth feel. It's not an in-your-face chocolate like the Cru Hacienda 74% and it doesn't have the tantalizing citrusy notes of the Cru Sauvage. It's its own chocolate, made especially for the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the company.
I will look to see if there are any more of the Crudo/Concha samplers and if there are I will make them available to ChocolateLife members.
Felchlin in Canada is handled by HUH Imports in Newmarket, Ontario. (905)-853-0693.
I live in New York and I get my Felchlin wholesale supplies from Swiss Chalet in New Jersey. I find that they have a pretty generous shipping policy but not much of a price discount for larger quantities unless one is able to work through their regional rep. Good luck.
Thank you for this, Clay. I look forward to working with the Concha. Have you or anyone you know worked with this and the Cru Hacienda in a confectionary capacity? I produce a 3oz bar with the organic version of the Hacienda and it sells well. I'm sweating a bit, though, coming up with a bon bon/truffle ganache recipe with it perhaps because of the fact that I'm may not be working correctly with the cream/cocoa butter ratios.