Updated: Apr 30

Fossa collaboration chocolate with rare tea curator - Pekoe & Imp. Only 1200 bars made.

Ingredients: Cacao, cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, tea leaves

Tasting notes: Orange zest, malt, honey

Jin Jun Mei is a relatively new style of black tea developed in the Wuyi Mountains from the famous Lapsang Souchong style of black tea in 2005. This lot hails from the neighboring township of Nanping, made from local small leaf cultivar harvested from an altitude of 1000m during Spring 2020. Packed full of golden tips, this tea has notes of orange zest and honey, highlighted by citrusy Harana cacao from the Philippines.

Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

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Aroma: chocolatey, orange peel, with pleasant scents of honey-sweetened milk

Mouthfeel: warm with refreshing dairy notes

Texture: "treacly" creamy

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Flavor profile: the instantaneous rich creamy chocolate palate is caressed by a light but palpable milk flavor, and then kissed by a lengthy honey sensation. The cuddly start is like a gentle chime that accompanies the baby in dreamland with a sweet melody. But the symphony is linked to a different record, very smoothly, slowly, and sensuously, with neither tightness nor rigidity: orange zest and malt-like background. Once again, the specialty tea inclusion expresses its full potential in the aftertaste with lingering umami/savory notes supported by a zesty-citrusy (orange peel-like) mouthfeel and a sumptuous aromatic milk-chocolate coating sensation on the bottom of the throat. The tasting experience, as a final impression, because of the healthiness and freshness of top-quality ingredients (cacao beans and tea), conquers the hearts of its tasters, who are anxious to let themselves go to a moment of serenity and fusion with the uncontaminated nature...

Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.