This chocolate originates from the Hacienda San Jose probably the most important place in the world in terms of protecting the future of the rare and mighty Criollo cocoa. According to the information provided on their website there is only a very small amount of this cocoa produced. Chuao is actually a small village, founded in the 16th Century and is located on the northern coastal range of Venezuela. Apparently it is surrounded by mountains and dense Rainforest making it almost impossible to penetrate.
Stylish and classy are two words that spring to mind when describing this bar. The design of the packaging is suave, sophisticated and reminds me of an antique cigarette case. The attention to detail is excellent.
If you plan to visit the Chocolate Trading Company website you'll find a lot of useful facts including dietary information and flavour profiles to fit the chocolate you've decided to buy.
This is a 70% dark chocolate from Venezuela and on opening the packet there is a fantastic aroma of wood, tobacco, fruit and cocoa. The aroma is strong and intoxicating. Tick in the box! Now for the taste test. The bar, well it's not really big enough to be called a bar, maybe a square. The chocolate has a great snap as you would expect. The chocolate melts quickly and is smooth almost creamy but with a slight bitter tobacco flavour in the background with fruit mixed in. I actually found it a bit dull and enjoyed the aroma more than the eating part which is a bit disappointing.
Interestingly the chocolate is described as follows, "An immediate perception of nuts, almonds above all, followed by honey, vanilla and cream: great sweetness and smoothness."
To buy this bar visit The Chocolate Trading Co. here.