Updated: Mar 17


Origin: Stratus Vineyards. Niagara-On-the-Lake, Canada + Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Tasting notes: grapes, wild honey, blackcurrant, walnut, honeysuckle, blue cheese

Ingredients: cacao nibs, organic cane sugar, icewine lees


International Chocolate Awards World

2015- World Silver

2016- Canadian Silver

2018- World Bronze

NEW BATCH RELEASE: Soma Chocolate Maker's original idea was to infuse cacao with oak. After an inspiring talk with friends at Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, winemaker J-L Groux sent over an oak barrel partially filled with the residual yeast and grape skins from the winemaking process known as “lees”. We roasted up a batch of cacao beans and added the roasted nibs to the barrel, rolling it around to make sure things were well mixed. Three months later, aromatic wine-infused cacao emerged. After grinding the nibs, refining, and conching, the Stratus bar was born, an experimental and elegant chocolate bar with the subtle flavor of a Stratus wine.

Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

Brown color ***** with purple nuances

Aroma: wine cork, dark chocolate, mulberry, honeysuckle, licorice root, red wine subtleties

Mouthfeel: warm

Texture: creamy

Sharp Snap: *****

Structure/Hardness: *****

Texture: ******

Roundness: *******

Sweetness: ****

Aromatic finesse: *******

Acidity: ***

Astringency: **

Bitterness: **

Intensity: ******

Complexity: *******

Length/Aftertaste: *******

Flavor profile: black plum, blackberry, and mulberry (reminiscent of dried goji berries and figs) fruits wine-like cocktail studded with honeysuckle flowers nectar as its ceiling...crisscrossed by a delicate bouquet of Garni herbs (sage flavor: faintly piney, with subtle citrus notes), chocolate pudding filling mouthfeel, aged balsamic glaze, wild honey undertones, licorice root powder delightful warm sense to accompany the guest in a real journey to discover unforgettable flavors. The "bleu cheese" makes its entrance towards the end with a typical sharp tangy flavor enhanced by tellicherry peppercorns complexity. But only in the aftertaste, you will note a marked increase of a cheese-like savory palate.

It is a work of high quality with countless aromatic niceties and a pleasant and full melodic élan. Seriously, enjoy this bar at least once in your life!

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