Amedei, based in Tuscany, makes a wide range of single-origin bars, blends, inclusion bars, chocolate spreads, and truffles.
Acero 95% (Maple sugar)
Aroma: dry leaves, some tanginess when warmed, rich chocolate,
Flavor: Very mild for 95%. Some grain flavors, like whole wheat cookies. Pleasant nuttiness, hazelnuts; maple not specifically apparent. A little bitterness, but not at all excessive for such a dark bar. Not a particularly dark roast. Quick melt.
Recommendation: Recommended. Overall a very approachable super dark bar, making it a great addition to a tasting or as a low-sugar option for Keto or other special diets– just 8g net carbs (4g sugar) in the entire bar. The added cocoa butter helps mellow it out a bit, so you can avoid sugar without sacrificing great dark chocolate flavor.
Batch info: 0000286TVR; Best before April 15, 2022
Aroma: Raisins, caramel, leather, dried cherries, prune, figs, anise, gianduja
Flavor: Gianduja, slight tartness near the end. flavor is mild, some raisin and caramelly notes, raw sugar, toffee, stale cookies, hot cocoa, chestnut paste, dates, soft jam flavor. Also some cardboard flavors, maybe from the packaging? They say walnut husk, vanilla cacao, wood, and bark, that seems close. Not particularly distinctive – which is fine for a milder cacao, but it also seems a little stale and the texture is slightly grainy.
Recommendation: Recommended with reservations. There were a lot of nice flavors present in the bar, and I don’t yet know if the stale flavors were inherent or due to poor handling by the vendor, although it was well within the expiration date when I tried it. I’ll have to try it again to be sure.
Batch info: Expiration date: July 3, 2019. Lot number: 0000113TCT
Toscano Brown Milk
Flavor: butterscotch, caramel, milk powder, rich and viscous, hint of Nutella, not overly sweet, nicely balanced. Unlike many milk chocolates, it leaves a cleaner feeling in the mouth – not cloying.
Recommendation: Recommended. A nicely balanced, not overly sweet milk chocolate with a good complexity of flavor.
Batch info: Expiration date: January 3, 2019. Lot number: 000067TVD