Beschle are a Swizz chocolatier who have been around for well over 100 years. They produce a wide range of bars and filled chocolates, including a rather tasty pistachio & fleur de sel bar that we reviewed a couple of years ago.
This bar is a little different though. It’s a white chocolate, flavoured with green matcha tea. It’s actually very similar to the Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé Matcha Tea bar I reviewed back in July.
I have to admit, I do like the packaging of this bar. The design is simple and elegant, and the box opens to reveal an a gold wrapped bar. But it’s only when you unwrap the foil that you see just how unusual this bar is…
Despite the colour, this is actually a 36% cocoa butter white chocolate. That’s a lot more cocoa content than many milk chocolates, which is quite surprising for me. Of course, cocoa butter doesn’t have much flavour, so the dominant flavour is the matcha tea. It’s not quite as stron as it is in the Rózsavölgyi bar, but it’s still quite strong and very distinctive.
But there’s something else going on with the taste too. As the chocolate melts, you’re left with a very noticeable fruity, citrus edge. It’s a flavour strong enough that it made me go back to look at the ingredients, and sure enough, one of the last ingredients is “acidifier (citric acid, lactic acid)”. I don’t know if this has purely been added to give the chocolate that fruity edge, or if there’s some other reason for it.
I’m in two minds about it. I do actually love the little bit of zing it brings to the bar, but I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, and I’m not a fan of unnecessary ingredients.
Overall though, this is an unusual bar that’s worth seeking out, particularly if you like green tea. I polished off my bar very quickly, and I’d certainly consider buying more.