Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Karkar Island - 72% cocoa

Rich volcanic chocolate

Ingredients: cocoa mass, unrefined sugar, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin.

Maker country: United Kingdom

Firetree is an interesting chocolate maker based in the UK. It is led by David Zulman, Martin O`Dare and Aidan Bishop who decided to band together in 2017 sourcing their cacao beans from the volcanic soils of small islands on the Pacific Ring of Fire as Guadalcanal in the Soloman Islands to the Karkar Island of Papua New Guinea to the Malekula Island of Vanuatu.

About this bar, Karkar is not really an island but a large volcano and, based on their description, "the rich soil you find here on the sides of the volcano is ideal for growing the finest cocoa, with its bold flavors, reminiscent of dates, walnut, and red fruits".

A very good looking bar from the packaging style to the mold. I love the shiny brown color. It is so eye-catching. The elegant mold expresses a vibrant personality.

The scents are ashy and spicy. The flavor is complex but not invasive. The ashy taste is always present with incredible wild mushroom notes as truffle mushroom (earthy, nutty, savory, oaky, sweet) followed by a slightly dairy background. You can think of a dark milk bar. Bitterness, astringency, or acidity are absent. In the end, this bar sweet-talks to you about the volcanic soil it came from. A real "warm" aromatic tasting experience.

Ps: it did not make me "tremble" but it has made me curious about this maker.