This 75% cocoa organic bar looked like just the thing to help me get back into the world of ‘proper’ chocolate after my recent excursion into Japanese confectionery.
Aroma-wise this chocolate doesn’t pack a big punch, probably because the Forastero beans tend to be lighter in character, with more subtle flavours. There are definite cocoa notes, but they’re very light and soft, and the true character of the chocolate isn’t revealed until tasting.
Pop a piece into your mouth and it’s a different story as the chocolate melts and reveals it’s true character. This is an amazingly light, delicately flavoured chocolate. The cocoa flavours are full and strong, but there’s no bitterness at all, and the cocoa is fruity on the palate, with notes of citrus, berries and grape preceding the flavours of the cocoa.
I was surprised by just how light and delicate this chocolate tastes, even when it’s in full flow on the palate. From start to finish I was treated to a whole range of light, delicate, fruity flavours with a slight sharpness at the finish. The mouthfeel was soft with a slightly grainy texture, and the finish was crisp, clean and very satisfying.
There’s no doubt that this is one of the more upmarket bars out there at the moment, but as we know, quality comes at a premium, and this was a very pleasant surprise. Seldom have I tasted chocolate that was so light on the palate but which delivers so many complex flavours while retaining a clean, crisp finish. Like the choclate equivalent of a lightly chilled Sauvignon Blanc, this Pralus bar is definitely one I would recommend – so much so that I’m going to be buying this one again for my own personal pleasure.
Well worth tracking down.