On a side note, Arriba is my mother's favorite origin! Here are my notes from the chocolate tasting I held using Millcreek's bars, following my usual format: Appearance- Somehow both matte and reflective(?) surface, dark brown typical of Forasteros, mostly smooth surface with a few small bumps. Snap- Resounding thud. Texture- Contains a few tiny bubbles, the grain is slightly rough (which may give extra body to the chocolate compared to a smaller particle size). Aroma- Oak, cherry (fruit & wood), lavender, grass, and leather. Lots going on here, and a good balance of the earthy, floral, and fruity notes typical of Arriba cacao. Melt- Slow start, and slightly rough when melted (like the grain suggested): to notice this, rub some against the roof of your mouth! Full body may be due in part to this texture. Bends very easily, and yet still has a solid core when bitten. Very nice! Flavor- Cherry! Seriously, this note hits right at the beginning and hits hard, though it is quickly followed by a hint of rose and darker, richer flavors like plum, custard, oak, and leather. Sweetness resembles malt, and there's a tart bit of lingonberry right near the end. That is all of the expected notes in an Ecuador bar with a few pleasant surprises to boot! Flavorings- No added flavorings here, this is all due to the bean, the fermentation, the roast, the conch, and perhaps the tempering! Finish- Mostly berry and floral notes, with strong cherry, medium lingonberry, and a more easily detected rose note (now that the heavy, earthy flavors have faded). Everyone at my tasting and everyone who I shared this chocolate with were very favorably impressed by the whole selection. Keep up the good work!
Fruit and caramel warm undertones lure you into a luxuriously smooth rich finish.
Our fine chocolate nuances take the palate on a ride through changing flavors of fruit, floral, and caramel, while lingering on your palate long after the bars has melted on your tongue.
Net Wt. 50 grams | Vegan and gluten free | Responsibly grown & direct trade
My original review is on the site. So, another bar I purchased this past week was Soma's (based in Canada) Peru Nacional 70% bar. This bar recently won Canadian Gold, America's Silver and World Bronze in the 2014 International Chocolate Awards. Millcreek's 70% bar is every bit as deep and rich and complex and smooth and creamy and still light drifts heavenly towards its finish. I get nothing by adding this to my review except perhaps more competition to buy these same bars...which I have a reserve stash of. I have just seen so many ridiculous 5 star reviews of chocolate is just nowhere near what this tastes like. For those who know me, I complain a lot, am my own and the world's biggest critic, but when something is done like this I just lay down the hammer, genuflect and thank the heavens I found something this good. It's nearly 11 pm and I'm still at work, but, my night is fulfilled as I had some of this while I was here.
I am obsessed with my dark chocolate. I have bought it from all over and am VERY VERY particular. This got recommended to me in LA at Monsieur Marcel. The proprietor there made a comment something like, "when we got a sample, we were driving, and had to immediately pull over to the side of the road to call and find out how they made it." I remember thinking..."Yeah, yeah, yeah...whatever." In sum, this chocolate bar has one of the most incredibly delicious, layered flavors of chocolate with a finish that is absolutely unreal. In fact, every time I take a bite, (and I rotate what I have in any one evening), I enter the bite just as skeptical each time. Each time, I am blown away. The above reaction from Monsieur Marcel is truly real. I have no idea how you create this bar but it is truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind. I have 8 in reserve as I write this. Never stop making this. Enough said. Thank you!