Ecuador Esmeraldas 76%


Aroma: astringent


Flavor: Earthy, wood, some red fruit, floral, fermented fruit – like slightly fermented juice from sour blueberries. Some starchiness. Pleasant, but not particularly intense or complex.


Recommendation: Recommended with reservations. I have had Ecuador bars very similar to this before, and while I think this bar is well-made, I don’t think this is the finest cacao Ecuador has to offer – which can be really incredible. It;’s not bad, but I would get the Ecuador bars from Goodnow Farms, Stonegrindz, or Creo instead.