My last few days in Florida have been incredible, eye-opening and, above all, ridiculously fun. As I am unsure how much I’ll be able to blog about my adventures, suffice to say I had an incomparably wonderful time, met amazing, friendly, and hilarious people (musicians: you rock, in every sense of the word), and am right now dealing with the sadness that comes at the conclusion of happy times.
Here’s an indicator of how stupendous the experience was: I barely ate any chocolate over the four days and, more importantly, didn’t even suffer from withdrawal.
Of course, I still have a rather enormous backlog of chocolate reviews… so let’s get to it, shall we?
The Tea Room Organic Dark Chocolate Bar Infused with Yerba Maté Tea and Cacao Nibs
During the shopping expedition that saw me pick up The Tea Room’s Milk Chocolate with Chai bar, I also slipped this Dark Chocolate version with Yerba Maté Tea and Cacao Nibs into my basket.
(A-tisket, a-tasket! A green and yellow basket!)
(Basket is a strange word.)
(I may or may not have had very little sleep over the past few days.)
(Aren’t brackets fun?)
The chocolate used here by The Tea Room is a 72% blend with an appealing glossy red-brown appearance, although for some reason it consistently refused to break along its marked-out and moulded squares. I want order in my chocolate! Order! (Not really.)
The chocolate has a strong aroma of green tea, grass, bergamot, and citrus, with anise pulling through as a strong flavour upon tasting. Anise, you ask? Anise, indeed. Investigation uncovers star anise as a key ingredient, and its herbal notes play off nicely against the grassy and ylang-ylang flavours of the yerba maté.
The chocolate itself is sweet with a red currant and raspberry tang. It also has a quick and smooth melt, except for the rare (extremely rare) moments when one encounters the tiny crunch of a miniscule cacao nib.
Rare, tiny, miniscule: that is, ultimately, why this bar is a disappointment to me. If it had simply called itself dark chocolate with tea and anise, I likely would have enjoyed its blend of sweet dark chocolate with bergamot, grassy, bitter herbal, and anise notes. But as a lover of cacao nibs and their earthy crunch, I was saddened to find that such nibs were not only few and far between, but too small to contribute anything flavour-wise when they did appear.
Oh, expectations, you do perturb me sometimes.