Crafted with care in small batches, this is one of Friis Holm’s original three Nicaraguan bars.
The first thing to note with this generous-sized bar is the texture. Perfectly smooth with a clean snap, the mouth-feel is more silky than buttery. The bars has a slow melt that gradually releases its flavour. We detected a green, almost grassy note to begin with. These bright herbal flavours darken and take on a smokier aspect. Tobacco and leather begin to dominate, replacing the delicate freshness. The smoked notes deepen towards into the long finish. A hint of wooded molasses at the end.
Re-tasting this bar more recently, we were stuck by a far more citrus tang. The bar still had a fresh taste, but the overall flavour was of orange and bergamot rather than grass.
One of the joys of small batch chocolate is that every batch tastes slightly different. Small variations in climate have a huge impact on the flavours of any given cocoa harvest. While one year the bar might be dominated by citrus and botanicals, another year the bars profile might shift towards a tobacco earthiness.
This bar achieved a Bronze at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017.