Sunday, 9 January 2011

Black v Brown from Chocadores

Sarah from Chocadores kindly sent me samples of the Toscano Brown and Toscano Black to review and taste. So without further ado lets get down to some tasting. 


Background: 
Amedei is chocolate manufacturing company based in Pontedera, in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is renowned as being one of the most expensive chocolates in the world. The company was started by brother and sister team Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri who apparently had no previous experience. Wow!


Since 1990, Alessio and Cecilia have devoted and committed themselves to the search of perfect harmonious tastes, becoming reality in the form of a linear balanced bars or a napolitain shape (tablet of chocolate to be served with coffee), and a soft roundness of a praline. They actually named their company in honor of their Grandmother. The entire production process is followed by dedication and artisan skills such as the selection of the seeds of cocoa, personally done by Amedei in the countries of origin to the manufacturing of the chocolate conducted in the laboratory of Pontedera, under the attentive supervision of Cecilia, Amedei’s maitre chocolatier. Their products range from truffles and pralines to their award wining single origin bars. Their mission in life is to make the best chocolate in the world.


The Packaging: As you would expect coming from Italy packaging at Amedei has plenty of style, simplicity and sophistication. They are probably the Maserati of the chocolate world. These particular squares are probably their most simple in terms of design and I suggest a visit to their site to fully appreciate other beautiful designs. Art meets chocolate or should that be the other way round?


The Chocolate: Amedei source the majority of their chocolate from a Venezuelan region called Chuao. Cacao from this region is thought to be some of the best in the world.




Toscano Brown 32% - Strange name? It sounds so much better in Italian. This particular variety is made from chocolate sourced from Madagascar. I hope that's correct as there is nothing on the packaging. So apologies if I've misled you. The aroma coming from this morsel of milk chocolate is light and slightly woody and not especially strong in terms of cocoa. The taste is definitely creamy and rich with very strong caramel and malty overtones.


Toscano Black 70% - As you would expect there is a much stronger aroma from this chocolate. There is a definite aroma of wood, tobacco and a hint of fruit. Like their packaging their flavours are subtle and sophisticated. The flavours might be subtle but the chocolate is excellent in terms of 'snap' and brilliance of appearance.

These unique chocolates have delicate and slightly understated flavours with,  beautiful presentation and an excellent chocolate finish. I found these difficult to score as it's a bit like critiquing the Mona Lisa. Overall I give both these chocolates 8/10. 

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