Thursday, 14 June 2012

Duffy's Nicaragua Chuno 70%

I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift from a friend of mine; we often partake in "chocolate swaps" allowing us to experience as much chocolate as possible, he picked this bar up for me from the Oxford Chocolate Festival, and let's just say I was certainly looking forward to trying it.

Duffy's Nicaragua Chuno 70%

 I've only sampled one of Duffy's bars previously but it was exceptional; everything I look for in a quality chocolate, so I was hoping that this Nicaragua Chuno bar, made from XOCO Criollo beans and only containing 4 ingredients would be as delicious as the previous.

Described as a "complex mix of fresh hay, mellow red fruit and a roast chestnut aftertaste", it sounded delightful; I love the way that Duffy allows the flavors in his chocolate to speak for themselves, with no needed for fancy molding on the bar, but a simplistic elegant bar design with an absolutely gorgeous shine to it.

Duffy's Nicaragua Chuno 70%

Popping a cube of this into your mouth is like drifting away on a soft cloud of chocolate heaven; it is exactly as stated with a gorgeous smooth fresh melt with hints of red currants, strawberries and grapes; before leading way into an almost dusty straw like flavour..if you ever imagined what fresh hay tastes like this is it! The drying sensation formed from the hay soon moves onto a creamy richer finish with good flavours of roast chestnut.

Duffy's Nicaragua Chuno 70%

I found this bar to be extremely well balanced lingering between refreshing and creamy and just a perfect bar to savour, to fully enjoy all the complex flavours that Duffy manages to extract from the beans he uses. This certainly isn't a bar to just wolf down on the spur of the moment, and would definitely be one I would want to enjoy over a few sittings, as due to all the complex flavours going on at once I think eating too much of this in one go could become a bit sickly.

Taste - 8.1/10 - Wonderfully well balanced, refreshing and creamy, with light red fruit notes, drying hay and a creamy chestnut finish.
Texture - 9.2/10 - Incredibly smooth and melt in the mouth this bar as a wonderful melt, becoming drier in the middle as the flavours begin to progress before ending on a creamy enrobing mouth sensation.
Appearance - 8.2/10 - Simple and minimalistic, the shine on this bar is just superb.
Price - 8/10 - This bar was limited edition but I presume it was priced at £4.50, the same as Duffy's other products.
Overall - 8.4/10 - One word, "delicious".
Despite being 70% this bar isn't bitter whatsoever so I would even recommend it to those who don't normally enjoy dark chocolate.

This bar was limited edition, so I'm not sure whether you can still get your hands on it, but you can view Duffy's other bars at his website Red Star Chocolate.

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