As you will have noticed this particular dark chocolate is from Sierra Leone and to be more exact from the Kailahun District in the Eastern Province. Sierra Leone, in West Africa, is probably best know for the long running civil war which it has only just emerged from after a decade. Since then the country has experienced substantial economic growth and potentially if peace continues no doubt the tourist industry will develop with time. Its main exports are diamonds, coffee and cocoa. Enter Willie Harcourt-Cooze!
The Chocolate: A 70% dark chocolate from Sierra Leon. According to Willie the rich terrain in which this cocoa is produced provides a unique depth of flavour. The aroma is rich and intense and I'm already liking this chocolate. There is a hint of ginger at the back just trying to get through. A loud snap as the first chunk is broken exposing shiny nibblets of crystallised ginger. I like to let the chocolate melt in your mouth as this allows the flavours to develop. The lime is not overpowering and just leaves a little tang.
I would like to taste this chocolate on its own as the ginger and lime make it difficult to experience those unique flavours. However, the chocolate works really well and the whole slab is well balanced in terms of flavours with a slightly sweet finish with a bit of heat from the ginger. I assume the cocoa beans are from Trinitario stock?