Harper Macaw Bourbon Barrel Aged

75% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate Source: Single Estate - Konagano, Tomé Açu Origin: Pará, Brazil

Directly Traded cocoa beans

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, fair-trade organic cocoa butter

Vegan and Dairy-Free. No Emulsifier. No Soy Lecithin

Say hello to your new nightcap! This limited-release chocolate bar was made in the spirit of experimentation. For six months Harper Macaw aged their Amazonian cocoa beans in a bourbon whiskey barrel supplied by our neighbors at One Eight distilling in the District of Columbia. The cocoa beans absorbed the flavors and aromas of bourbon-soaked in the barrel's charred oak walls. This synthesis of American whiskey and Brazilian cocoa culminated in a stunning harmony and noble essence.

Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

Brown color ******

Aroma: peaty whiskey-like, oak-woody, floral (heather like), chocolate, corn

Mouthfeel: ****

Texture: creamy (prior to the tasting, leave the bar open at room temperature for a few seconds)

Snap: ****

Structure/Hardness: ***

Texture: ***

Roundness: *****

Sweetness: ***

Aromatic finesse: *****

Acidity: **

Astringency: ***

Bitterness: ****

Intensity: ******

Complexity: ******

Length/Aftertaste: ******

Flavor profile: I know it might sound weird but my first impression is just like 'Rye Bourbon Whiskey" with a spicy tone and a dry taste. I literally relished its consistency, the lack of "surface noise" and other "glitches", but those aspects have never tempted me before. When I had finally talked some sense into it, I focused on my palate discovering smoked oak, pecan, rye, dark chocolate, black pepper, black tea, tobacco leaf, spearmint, orange peel, and geranium complexity.

The finish/aftertaste reminds me of warm Zabaione (made traditionally with Marsala) garnished with amaretti biscuits.

Highly recommended.

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