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Various Bars

by Nobile
Info Details
Country Switzerland   
Type Flavored   
Strain (various)
Source Venezuela   (Dominican Republic; Ecuador)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Classic      
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med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
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A Chocolate Blast –- 4 reviews in 1. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect a composite average of each bar's individual measures.

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The tree from which all chocolate derives, named Theobroma cacao: 'god-food' in Greek.

The Swiiss brand Nobile: heaven-grade.

The deity drops this delivery.
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: vivid
Surface: stunning idealizations
Temper: optical illusions
Snap: closed circuitry
Aroma   8.1 / 10
Sauerkirschen Thymian
fresh cracked pepper & thyme

Kaffee
fresh brewed, extra sugar & cream

Zitronen
zesty unlike Nestlé's

Safran Pistazien
placid for Nobile & even for a White
very dairy-cocoa butter centric, nary a flutter of the inclusions which heavily speckle the surface
Mouthfeel   14.2 / 15
Texture: textbook perfect
Melt: quiet
Flavor   45 / 50
Sauerkirschen Thymian
herb first, followed by a sweet 'n sour cherry backstop… ride each other for a considerable length… the tart fruit gaining in strength as the thyme recedes into a black pepper ghosting

Kaffee
strong, clear, clean coffee embedded in untiring sweetness -> subtle nuts, spices, & herbals (particularly roasted almonds & resident vanilla [none added])… all in aged barrel wood -> dairy heralds its Milk Chocolate -> swells a buttered bubble, then collapses mocha (supreme sublime)

Zitronen
as the Aroma, so the Flavor, bright as lemons themselves cupped in Milk Choc -> thin wafer

Safran Pistazien
semi-sweet cocoa butter / White Chocolate mousse -> ever so gradually buttressed, seemingly, in a grain silo filled with hay (the saffron FX) -> 3rd trimester pistachio colors further the contour toward sweet pastel nut-meat -> honey egg-cream finale
Quality   17.8 / 20
A private label brand manufactured by co-packer Felchlin.

Sauerkirschen Thymian
Odd couple hooks up into a happy marriage. All about the inclusions -- chocolate merely a support party at the reception while the cupids take to the dance floor. The Venzy 65% Sur del Lago too little & too benign anyways to leave an imprint.

INGREDIENTS; cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, vanilla, sour cherries, thyme

Kaffee
Not just any ordinary coffee but Blue Mountain, the fabled sought-after variety from Jamaica. So precise the melt -- almost a time-lapse / time-release capsule of flavor -- even as it includes some granulated grit at the tip.
None like it.
Ahhhh, hold it… coffee-cocoa nuts recall Coppeneur's stratospheric all-Jamaican bar (including the cacáo). Where that stayed on the dark side (more like Semi-Dark really at 65%), this encamps Café-Latte Slitti-style with 42% Milk Chocolate. It joins Blue Mountain to cacáo from the DR.
Could stand a bit more chocolate presence since Felchlin likes MCs on the creamy / buttery side at the expense of cocoa mass, muscle & tannins.
Still, among best in category.

INGREDIENTS; cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, soya lecithin), coffee

Zitronen
Crystal clear exposition in 42% Milk Chocolate sourced from Ecuador.
The interlace-tionship of an orange compliment with lemon reaches high culinary technique.

INGREDIENTS; cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, whole milk powder, lemon flakes (sugar, cornstarch, lemon, orange, flavor), cream powder, lemon oil

Safran Pistazien
36% Cocoa Butter content
Tremendous combo / phenomenal finesse -- saffron / pistachio / White Choc, all 3 utterly supple on their own, & together just achingly soft… both taste & texture… the inclusions curb the cloying nature of White Choc. Nor does dairy, particularly its casein proteins, intrude.
Greater than a Great White, a Meta-White.

Ethereal.

INGREDIENTS; sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder, lecithin, vanilla extract, pistachios, saffron

Capsule Summary
Creative, even daring.
A bit shy on the cocoa mass though (attributable to Felchlin which cream-puffs its Milk Choc) & hence slightly disproportionate on the balance of ingredients in favor of flavorings.
Rumor circulates that Nobile's boxed assortments are even better.

Reviewed April 2, 2015

  

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