Santander gets an immediate plus in my book for being of the few companies (El Rey is another - Venezualen) that is based in the country of origin. It also is fair trade, small farmer, and kosher.
It has an extremely smooth flavor and mouthfeel, and is not at all bitter. It is one of the most flavorful chocolates I have eaten, complex, with strong fruity undertones, criollo without a doubt.. The cacao nibs give it a subtle bitter crunch, which is a nice contrast to the smoothness of the chocolate itself. This is chocolat meant to be eaten slowly, nibbled and savoured.
Even the packaging is elegant - dark red with light yellow lettering and two theobroma cacao beans in the upper right corner. It’s packaged in foil in a box, making it easy to save for later - if you
I eagerly give this bar my highest approval.
This bar, like many, was provided by my boyfriend, who is, as ever, a strong facilitator of my addiction. (At least since he’s moved within easy walking distance of a gormet grocery store with an outstanding selection of chocolate.) You can see why I love him.
(cross-posted from http://herbertanzer.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/santander-colombian-single-origin-70-w-cacao-nibs/ )