This was always going to be an interesting bar for me. Just how do you marry together the flavours of fine chocolate and something as earthy and powerful as black truffle? Well, those Mast Brothers have done just that with this 74% dark chocolate bar, adding a pinch of Maine Sea Salt as a counterpoint to Italian black truffle..
Have you ever eaten black truffle? If you have then I’m sure you know how strong a flavour they have. Not something one would necessarily associate with fine chocolate, but of course if someone like the Mast Brothers offer it as part of their range you know it’s going to work. The origins of the beans in this bar remain a mystery, which is the case for almost all of the Mast bars, and it’s a little strange given that if you take one of their factory tours you are presented with the whole range of beans they use in their bars and allowed to taste each individual variety. When it comes to the bars themselves though, no information is given about which beans were used in which bar, and in what quantities.
I would have been surprised if the first flavour had not been the black truffle. As the small rectangle of chocolate met my tongue, that deep, earthy flavour sprang out at once but it was only the main flavour for a few short moments because as soon as the chocolate began to melt balance was achieved. The rich, mellow flavours of the chocolate (kicked up a notch by the additional sea salt) flooded my mouth, pushing the earthiness of the black truffle back and delivering deep fruit and wood notes with that sweet & sour combination holding up to the last. The truffle is there to the 9Long) finish but it’s never allowed to get out of hand, being held in check by some fairly powerful cacao.
How did I feel about this bar? Personally I liked it a lot. I might even go as far as saying it’s one of my favourite Mast Brothers bars, but I’d be hard pressed to say it was an absolute favourite. It’s certainly unusual, definitely ‘grown up’ chocolate, and absolutely worth tracking down if you like your sweetness tempered with a little salt and some dark, earthy flavours.