Well I’m back in my usual territory here, sampling the more unusual dark chocolate products I love so well.
This is my third review of a Lindt product, and once again it’s remarkably different from the previous bars I have tasted (Creme Brulee and Caramel).
This bar is made from cocoa grown in the tropical forests of Baracoa, Cuba – not somewhere you’d automatically associate with chocolate production.
A glance at the back of the packet tells me that this is one of three regional bars (the other two being from Madagascar and Ecuador) and that it is the ‘mildest’ of the three at 55% cocoa, but what intrigued me about this bar was the promise of a ‘very pleasant note of tropical fruits’. I double checked the ingredients, and there is no additional flavouring, so what’s the ‘tropical fruits’ bit about I wondered?
Having had a rather unpleasant experience with a Feodora Passion fruit bar, I was somewhat wary of being assailed by a perfumy, sickly sweet aroma and taste, but being the fearless, dedicated type, I proceeded anyway.
The smell test was very promising – no nastiness, but a distinct sweet/sharp tang above the usual cocoa aroma. Very interesting indeed.
The taste is unlike anything I have tried before – you get the initial hit of dark cocoa, but it is almost immediately joined by a very definite citrus note. Hard to define as being like a certain type of fruit, but most certainly there. I can only describe it as being rather like that mixed tropical juice you can buy, but very subtle and certainly not at odds with the cocoa taste. The chocolate itself is as smooth as you (or I) would expect, not too ‘dark’ tasting and ever so slightly bittersweet.
I would definitely recommend this bar. Its unique flavour puts it on the ‘must try’ list for any serious choc-head and I can see it going well with coffee and cake or being used to coat fruit. Once again, the chocolatiers at Lindt have come through with another top notch product.