Updated: Feb 26
Flavored dark chocolate made with Tanzanian cocoa beans.
Academy of Chocolate Awards 2020: Bronze Award
Karuna uses the best local organic stone pine essential oil.
The packaging is 100% ecologic, free from plastic and chemicals.
Organic ingredients: Cocoa beans, raw cane sugar, Cocoa butter, stone pine essential oil 0,01%
Cocoa origin: Tanzania, East Africa. This organic fine flavor cocoa grows in the Kilombero valley in the Morogoro region, close to the Udzungwa National parc. The company Kokoa Kamili ferments and dries the cocoa from about 2000 farmers in the area.
Tasting notes: This chocolate has notes of stone pine and resin (think alpine needle tree forest) combined with the fruity flavors of the Tanzania chocolate.
The stone pine essential oil in this bar is produced by Alpine stone pine trees. Karuna Chocolate source it from a local distiller. This bar has been developed in collaboration with the aroma expert Doris Karadar.
Shiny and homogeneous on the surface
Medium brown color
Aroma: lightly fruity, refreshing alpha-pinene and limonene scents, woody, musky
Aromatic finesse: *****
Flavor profile: interesting taste with an intricate sweetness. The beginning is a little puzzling. It is like the chocolate bar is talking to you in riddles. You do not know which element makes the first entrance. To me, it is the fresh touch of pine component on the tongue along with a gentle aromatic woody-musky taste, somehow floral, with limonene-tangerine effective linkage on the palate. When the Tanzania cocoa beans work their magic, in seconds the chocolate per se adds beautiful transitions and effects, syncing everything to the beat of the cacao origin symphony: red fruits low undertones, and loud mango outbreak followed by a citrusy-sour chocolate finish.
This is an energizing composition carried by an explosion of mango flavor, heightened by the stone pine essential oil inclusion against a backdrop of lemony and wood-musk trickiness.
Well done Karuna Chocolate. It has been an amazing tasting journey for me. I hope to meet you one day!
Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.