Started up in Brighton in 2000 Montezuma's was born by ex lawyers Simon & Helon Pattinson, naming their company after the Aztec Emperor Montezuma who rather liked his chocolate, now they have many stores across the UK and are stocked in a wide variety of specialist shops, so I was pleased to see a few of their mini-bars range at my local Waitrose.
I decided to try the Organic Milk Bar with Butterscotch first, a 54% cocoa solids bar this is actually classed as a 'dark milk' not making it's statement fully in either category, complete with small nibs of butterscotch running throughout the chocolate. I liked how Montezuma's have produced a range of small bars like this, just small enough to satisfy without going overboard and definately good for when you want to try something new but are afraid that you might not like it and it could cause wastage of chocolate!
The bar itself is a nice thick substantial sized bar with delicious thick pieces that feel like you are getting a nice good chunk of chocolate, on snapping off a piece I scoured the bar looking for the butterscotch nibs but I just couldn't see them, they do however appear on the melting of the chocolate in your mouth. The texture starts off quite smooth but on melting it is slightly grainy, it isn't the creamiest melt of a chocolate I have had but it does provide a good strong slow melt that starts quite sweet and caramelly before the darker notes come through from the higher percentage of cocoa. However the chocolate never turns too acidic/bitter and provides a mellow in the middle experience and once melted you are left with the nice little pieces of butterscotch nibs to crunch on in your mouth.
I did enjoy this chocolate but for me it wasn't particularly memorable or amazing, it didn't provide anything out of this world and I would have liked a more definate feel to the bar with a less grainy texture; however if you can't decide between milk & dark chocolate and fancy something in the middle then this is for you.
Taste - 6.8/10 - Didn't really blow me away, it didn't provide the great depth that a good dark chocolate has but it wasn't creamy enough for me to class it as a good milk.
Texture - 6.7/10 - Would have liked it to be a bit more creamy, however the length of the melt was good.
Appearance - 7.5/10 - I do like the appearance of the bar, I always feel more satisfied having a thicker chunk of chocolate.
Price - 7.8/10 - At 79p per bar this isn't really that bad and good for a small little treat without having to splurge.
Overall - 7/10 - A 'sit on the fence chocolate' some people may love this, but for me I prefer my chocolate to make a definate impact.
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