Chocolaterie A. Morin
Chocolaterie A. Morin is a fourth-generation family-owned chocolate maker based in Donzère in the south of France. They make a range of single origin bars, traditional bars, and covertures for commercial use.
São Tomé Agua Grande 63%
Aroma: Rich chocolate aroma with some grape, lemon and floral aromas like Nacional
Flavor: Very sweet with rich chocolate flavors complemented by a distinct raspberry tanginess. Some slightly lemony and red fruit flavors at the beginning, raspberry jam/syrup, butter, vanilla cake – like dark chocolate cake with vanilla and raspberry filling. Also coffee grounds and some umami notes, almost like a fruity Parmigiano Reggiano, a very rich full flavor. Overall not super complex – the flavors are simple and pleasant, and fade rather than developing.
Recommendation: Recommended. This is a good choice if you like sweeter dark chocolates, and the sweetness works well with the raspberry notes.
Batch info: Expiration date: January 1, 2021
Peru Chanchamayo 63%
Aroma: Fresh-cut wood - cedar, earthy, fruity, a floral aroma like Nacional, overripe fruit, sweet fruit punch and delicate nutty aroma.
Flavor: Extremely sweet. Syrupy fruit flavors with some acidity dominate - cherry and lemon candy. Mild vegetal flavors like celery – but faint. There are hints of pleasant flavors but they are overwhelmed by the sugar – the sweetness and the woody flavors clash, like the sweetness is trying to cover them up. The temper seems a little off; there was a slightly grainy texture.
Recommendation: Recommended with reservations. It’s good, but not great. The flavors are pleasant but the bar is sweet to the point that it drowns out the actual chocolate flavors and makes them hard to assess.
Batch info: Expiration date: May 8, 2020