REPORT: Chocolate tasting June 14 19h00 Paris in France: Cooking & Baking Posted June 16, 2007 Okay here is the roundup from the chocolate tasting. First off I will tell you what we tried with the prices, origin and cocoa percentage. 3.80 € Michel Cluziel (Mangaro) (n/a)3.60 € Jean-Paul Hevin (Sao Tome) (75%)1.50 € Monoprix (Ecuador) (70%)5 € Patrick Roger (Ecuador) n/a)6 € Maison du Chocolat (Cuana) (74%)6.50€ Pierre Herme (Madagascar) (75%)4.26 € Chocolate Bonnat (Venezuela CHUAO) (75%)5 € Patrick Roger (Madagascar) (n/a)3 € Valrhona (Guanaja) (70%)3 € Valrhona (Dark) (72%)Second I will note that our tasting was a bit flawed in the sense that we didn't have the opportunity to compare single origin beans, given the variety of origins that each chocolate maker uses, it would have been difficult to do so. Finally each person's tastes are completely subjective. Some prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate and vice versa. Some preferred the presence of fruit, while others preferred the woody or nutty aspects. All that being said, there were some favorites across the board. Maison du Chocolat got the most votes by our tasters. We all noted the texture was extremely smooth and tasted the most like a true dark chocolate with hints of cocoa nibs and a nice bitterness. Chocolate Bonnat tied for second with 2 others; Patrick Roger (Ecuador) and the Pierre Herme. Bonnat had a sweet wood taste and a slight bitterness. Some noted the dried cherry and apple hints. Patrick Roger (Ecuador) had a bergamot taste (earl grey) and slightly dry. Mild taste with a light finish. Pierre Herme had a bright citrus taste with hints of lime and zest. The others each had one vote except for the Michel Cluizel which received ZERO votes from the tasters. Ptipois will have some photos from the event. Join us next time for Olive Oil. Details coming soon.