This year I tasted a lot of good chocolate. But which one is the most gorgeous?
Idilio, Maranon Fortunato No 4, Rio Napo, Beschle 88%, Original Beans new and organic certified bars (yes, all those are made by Felchlin!), Danta, Amano Morobe, El Ceibo Heritage Limited Edition, La Maison du Chocolat's Grenada, Jean Paul Hévin's Piaroa, Potomac Upala 70%, Oialla by Bojesen, Harvest 2011 of Valrhona's Ampamakia and many more (my photos page 1 till Blanxart on page 5).
If I had to choose...based on taste only...this would be my top 3:
1. Idilio No 2, 4 and 12
2. Danta Las Acacias 70% and Chuao 70%
3. Amano Morobe
But my preferences change all the time...and new bars are on their way! I already ordered Dandelion and Fresco.
I'm curious about your favourites and what you suggest I have to taste in 2012.
Thanks for letting me know and a happy new choco year!
Made a test batch from some beans out of papua that aren't commercially available, that was amazing. Best I'd ever tasted.
Hi Sebastian, sounds great! I dont mind getting a sample ;-)
A chocolate THAT good and you think there are still leftovers to sample?? HA!
best chocolate bars, this is quite difficult because the time, meaning and mood are important to taste. This is like listen to music: in the morning I like Baroque & The Classical period music (such as Bach, Mozart...), in the afternoon I like more the Classical era/Romantic transition (such as Schubert, Beethoven...) and the evening Classical Romantics may do good to me (such as Schumann, List, Chopin...).
So as you see Vera this on mood and time and of course there is taste, if I taste dark, milk or even white chocolate thise is a different sensation and approach of each and may lead us far form your demand of what is the best chocolate you tasted this year?
I can you just say my Bach, Mozart was Felchlins Centenario Crudo 70%, Pacari Raw 70%.
My Schubert, Beethoven was: Grenada Chocolate Company 71%, Original Beans Cru Virunga.
My Schumann, List, Chopin was: Tobago Estate 70%, Esmeralda milk-Fleur de Sel 42% OB, Akesson's Wild Pepper and more of this...
Hi Geert and Tom, Thank you so much for sharing. I love both your stories. Chocolove, Vera
Thanks for including the Philippines in your 2011 best chocolate you have tasted. The confidence youve given us is PRICELESS!
Hi Vera and everyone,
I agree with Geert that it's not really possible to talk about "best" so I prefer to only talk about "favorite" instead. Here are some of my favorites from 2011:
|Company||Name||Percent||Class Rating||Overall Rating|
|Fresco||212 Dominican Republic||72||9.7||9.7|
|Mast Brothers||Brooklyn Blend 2010||74||9.4||9.4|
|Rogue||Rio Caribe 2011||70||9.3||9.3|
|Christophe Morel||Fortunato no.4 2011||68||10||9.1|
|Duffy's||Corazon del Ecuador||72||9.1||9|
|Friis Holm||Johe 2011||70||9.1||9|
|Mast Brothers||Chuao 81%||81||10||8|
|Vosges||Peppermint Candy Cane 2010||62||10||8|
|Moonstruck||Fortunato no.4, 2010||68||9.2||8|
|Duffy's||Honduras Indio Rojo||72||8||8|
|Fresco||213 Dominican Republic||72||8||8|
|Mast Brothers||Chuao 76%||76||8||8|
If I had to choose my favorite companies of 2011 they would be Fresco and Rogue. I'd like to have more Christophe Morel and Duffy's, but they are hard for me to get. Askinosie is one of the most consistently enjoyable companies for me too. Mast Brothers also has 3 bars on this list.
See the attachment for a list of the 101 bars that I reviewed in 2011. I taste them all, so there were some that I didn't enjoy very much (to put it politely).