Chocolate and Love, whose award-winning dark chocolate is organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced, shares its tips for achieving the ultimate chocolate tasting experience
Place a piece of chocolate in the middle of your tongue and allow it to melt slowly. Coat your whole mouth with chocolate so all your taste buds are activated.
If you chew, less flavours will be released. Look for fruitiness, acidity, sweetness or bitterness. Note how the flavour can change during the seconds you’re tasting. There’s a distinct beginning, middle and end. Like a little flavour journey, with different notes emerging at each phase. The texture should be smooth and velvety, not gritty. Fine chocolate has a long and pleasant aftertaste.
There are more than 400 different natural flavour notes in chocolate which become infused in the cacao bean. What do you taste?
Here are some examples:
|FRUIT||red berries, black berries, banana, passion fruit, raisin|
|FLOWER||rose, jasmine, orange flower|
|SPICES||pepper, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla|
|ROASTED||tobacco, tea, cocoa, roasted nuts, caramel|
|DRY||wood, soil, leather, hay|
|OTHER||milk, mushrooms, olive, bread, honey|
Remember to cleanse your palate with water between tasting different chocolate.
For more chocolate tasting and storage tips, visit Chocolate and Love.