My local chocolate shop carries a slew of really interesting chocolates, but one company that keeps catching my eye is the German chocolatier, Zotter. They have a large variety of incredibly intriguing chocolates - boozy, fruity, nutty, and a category that they just call "crazy", which includes things like cheese, bacon, and pig's blood. Yes, pig's blood. They also have a line of single origin bars.
I've tried out a few, but have my eye on a number of their other varieties, and can't wait to try more!
- Scotch Whisky 'Highland Harvest'. Austrian. Hand poured filled bar. 70% Noble bitter couveture. Contains sugar, cocoa butter, real whisky, milk, fructose-glucose syrup, full cream milk powder, whole cane sugar, salt, vanilla. Tasting notes: This is a classic filled bar, composed of a whiskey ganache covered in a fairly dark chocolate. The chocolate was very smooth and dark, but didn’t have a lot of complexity on its own, which I think is good because it would have taken away from the flavorful filling. The filling was smooth, creamy, and had a nice scotch flavor to it. Not too subtle, but it doesn’t “burn” like drinking real scotch. [ This bar is still interesting with the scotch flavors, but overall just isn’t that standout. There are better boozy bars around. Wouldn’t purchase again. ]
- Cherry Brandy with Marzipan. Hand-scooped bar. 70% Noble bitter chocolate filled with cherry brandy cream (30%) and marzipan (26%). Tasting notes: The dark chocolate outside was decent, smooth and dark. The marzipan I could have done without, it created a kinda gritty mouthfeel. But the almond brandy cream had a nice flavor, and the brandy came through loud and clear. I enjoyed this, but probably wouldn't get again.
- Labooko (single origin series)
- 100% Peru: Tasting notes: Very intense, fudgy. Surprisingly not too gritty for a 100%.