WELCOME TO YOUR CHOCOLATE TASTING
You are about to taste five different dark chocolates that showcase different flavor styles even though they only differ in 9% cocoa content and practically are made from the same ingredients.
THE TRY CHOCOLATE BOOKLET
The English version of the 60-page booklet that is included in the set (in German) can be downloaded here.
PREPARING YOUR CHOCOLATE TASTING
TASTING CHOCOLATES IS EASY:
Good news: you don’t need a lot to try our chocolates. If you like, you can put the chocolate drops in five dishes; otherwise, you can try them right out of the pouches. I recommend trying the chocolates “pure”, just by themselves. Just drink some water in between to cleanse your palate.
Very important: TAKE YOUR TIME
Smell the chocolates: Either rub a drop between your
fingers or open the pouch and stick your nose in it.
What are the aromas you are getting?
Let the chocolate completely melt in your mouth. Only then will the chocolate reveal all its flavors.
Pay attention to the aftertaste. What lingers in your mouth after your swallowed the chocolate? The interesting aspect of a good chocolate is that it will change its aromas from the point when you put it in your mouths to the point you swallow it.
DESCRIBING THE FLAVORS IS DIFFICULT
What is your impression of the chocolates? What flavors stood out for you? Talking about taste is difficult but try to exchange your ideas with others.
CHOCOLATE & WINE
Afterwards, a chocolate and wine pairing is a great idea. We recommend a red wine with little acidity and little tannins but with some residual sugar (semi-dry).
I have had some good experiences with wines made from Syrah and Primitivo grapes. Also, dessert wines like Port or rum can work very well.