This 74% Dominican Republic is another example Dick and Dustin acquiring beans via another chocolate maker. Here we have an interpretation of La Red Guaconejo Cooperative which supplies a variety of beans to Taza, Raaka and Mast Brothers. In 2006 the cooperative received organic certification Taza has done a great deal of work to support the cooperative and allowed the growers to trade directly with chocolate makers. If you wanted to support fairly-traded chocolate then perhaps this is one of the finest examples - growers and makers working closely together and improving the livelihoods of less affluent communities.
As with all of Dick Taylor's chocolate they employ a wonderful mould which, I would suspect, inspired from their previous work and wood craftsmen. The aroma, however, is developed not only from wonderful raw materials, but also great skill. As you would expect, there are delicious citrus notes in the lime direction. The flavour follows this through but adds spice, tannin and tobacco.
What's more, the melt is sensational and hold a greater complexity than their 72% Madagascar. This is a truly wonderful chocolate.
|Ingredients||Cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter|