Provenance of Cocoa Beans: 75 % cocoa from Sri Lanka
Producer: Patrick Roger – an award-winning French chocolatier with his own stores exclusively offering the entire range of high quality chocolate and cocoa products across Belgium and France. Patric Roger’s remarkable chocolate sculptures adorn his purist boutiques.
Price: €7 per 100g bar.
Taste: Rustic bark of wood lands your taste buds into the tropic forests of Sri Lanka. Exotic fruits with citrus zing refresh the mid-palate, to give way later to a very long, deep and rustic mouthfeel lasting for eternity. Complex and well-balanced this is a superb work of the house of Patrick Roger.
Its dry texture reminds of its sun-lashed climate in the South-East of India. Until 1972 known as Ceylon, the island has been the source of exotic spices (cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace), coffee, and other important gastronomic ingredients. Perhaps the most known is its tea. Tea plantation was introduced here by the British in the 19th century, yet the island’s biodiversity is one of the richest in the world so cocoa planted its roots in Sri Lanka as well. According to the Sri Lankan Spice Council “Suitable conditions for growing cocoa are found in the Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Western and Southern provinces up to 600m elevation“.
Score: © *****+
Buy it: At the online shop (closed for summer) and in France and Brussels retail boutiques.
© My scores are from * to *****+:
* – hardly palatable chocolate not worth the money and you would not want to buy again unless you needed purely to satisfy your urgent sugar rush;
** – average chocolate not focused on quality but rather bursting with “empty” calories;
*** – high quality ingredients undermined by the chocolatier’s processing, so the resulting taste is just satisfactory;
**** – enjoyable high-quality chocolate you want to share with others;
***** – outstanding quality and unique touch of the chocolatier that are pleasure to taste and you want to share with your nearest friends and family;
*****+ – heaven on earth for the palate!!! Amazing ingredients highlighted by the chocolatier’s superb skills, so one wants to eat it on every special occasion possible and almost never share with others. !Highly addictive!