Crillo chocolate is pretty much the cream of the crop; top notch, excellent beans which usually produce sublime bars. Across the world only 5% of cocoa trees are of the Criollo variety - not only are they difficult to grow but also produce a lower yield of cocoa beans, meaning that they can't be used for mass produced chocolates and are usually used to produce single origin artisan chocolate bars.
I was lucky enough to receive this lovely 68% Peruvian dark chocolate bar from The Chocolate Tree; a Scottish Artisan chocolate company. The bar came in a small, sleek format and consisted of a geometric style finish of thinner/thicker blocks with a ornate flower design.
Details of the conch/roast process can be found on the back of the bar for those who are interested - this bar had a 72hour conch (the longer the conch process usually the better the flavour development/smoothness of the bar) and a medium roast.
I cannot fault this bar in terms of its flavour complexity; as the chocolate slowly melted in my mouth I picked up a wide array of flavours as the bar moved through its various profiles. It started with a rich,earthy, deep cocoa flavour before leading way to lighter better & cherry notes and finishing on a light citrus tang which left the palate relatively cleansed and ready for the next piece!
The only thing that I would have liked would have been if this bar had a richer buttery melt; I know Peruvian bars aren't usually ganache/truffle-esque in terms of texture; that's normally Venezuelan bars, but this bar had a rather drying melt. Despite this at least it was VERY smooth; not a grainy piece to be found here.
If you're looking for a good quality dark chocolate bar that no doubt delivers in every aspect on flavour then look no further!
Taste - 8.3/10 - Delicious, complex and well balanced.
Texture - 6.3/10 - Very smooth but not rich enough for my liking.
Appearance -7.7/10 - Smooth finish & ornate design.
Price - 7.1/10 - The Chocolate Tree's bars are priced around £6.00 for their Artisan Bean to Bar bars and you get a good 90g!
Overall - 7.4/10 - A very good quality high end chocolate bar.
WHO FOR?Dark Chocolate connoisseurs who enjoy complex bars with lots of different flavours.
WHERE TO BUY?
Although The Chocolate Tree don't have their 68% bar available online they do have a 70% & 80% Peruvian Bar available.