Mayta 70% Arriba Nacional

Posted on April 12, 2015 by  Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

Mayta is a maker from Ecuador that we tried to stock a couple of years ago, however, the samples we were sent via the Ecuadorian Trade Office in London were significantly bloomed (temperature shock) that the texture was brittle, the flavours indistinguishable and the experience tarnished, that we felt we were in no position to make a judgement of whether they were a brand we would like to stock. But now we've been able to acquire some from Sweden that we're now in a position to give our opinion.

The aroma is strongly of the sort of fertile, volcanic soil that the cocoa is supposedly grown on. There's also a touch of aged leather and perhaps even tobacco with it. The problem is that most of the 'action' appears on the nose rather than the taste buds as the flavour is particularly mute. Even after chewing a touch to release the flavour it takes a very long time to start delivering anything of note. But when it does there's a rich creaminess reminiscent of Chupa Chups lollies. 

In itself this chocolate is perfectly agreeable, but not extraordinary. It's pleasant but not one to get overly excited about. As this is the case, and because we already stock a great deal of chocolate with cocoa from Ecuador I don't envisage us trying to stock it in the future.

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