I first heard of Ezca Chocolate on The Chocolate Life a little while ago. They’re a brand new company interested in chocolate making that were looking for some tasting opinions. Since I am working to train my palette so I can “read” chocolate with its many flavor nuances, I offered my taste buds to see what this new chocolate could say to me.
Now a little about Ezca Chocolate. It’s handcrafted, small batch chocolate from made from bean to bar. The bar I got was a 65% cacao from Ocumare in Venezuela, batch #001. The 2 oz bar is beautifully wrapped in an elegant, yet slightly exotic wrapper made from recycled paper. The ingredients read simply as: cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole organic vanilla bean. No artificial flavors or preservatives.
Under the paper wrapper, the chocolate is nicely packaged in medium weight gold foil. I love the way the foil is folded too, with triangular edges which are very easy to unwrap and then re-wrap if you want to save more for later. The mold of the bar is interesting as it’s sectioned into squares with a smaller square that’s raised in the middle. The interesting part is that there’s also raised “piping” that connects the squares and it reminds me of machinery. A fascinating choice of design for a bar of chocolate. The chocolate has a nice deep red-brown color with a subtle gloss. The backside of the bar has a few air bubbles but is otherwise smooth and pristine.
The aroma is very robust. It’s nice to have a chocolate with such a strong aroma. It’s a very roasted smell: notes of coffee and cocoa hit me first, then underneath I sense vanilla, honey, and caramel. This is complimented with subtle notes of woods, mushrooms, and olives. I’m excited already because these nuances are favorites of mine.
The flavor starts off like green coffee with notes of caramel and a little cinnamon. These flavors linger a moment before bursting in with a small crescendo of flavor that is very chocolatey: strong notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cream with slight accents of mushrooms and moss. The finish is slow and sweet with the middle flavors gradually becoming more and more faint. The aftertaste is clean with a finishing note of coffee.
The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a teensy bit of grain to it. I liked that though, as it gives is a fuzzy like texture and really rounds out the chocolate for me. At some points I get a larger sugar crystal and it feels more like a welcome surprise than an unwelcome intruder. The chew is excellent too since the chocolate isn’t as dark as other varieties and is has a a nice give to it that feels thick when you work in in your teeth. It’s very satisfying.
I was pleased with this bar as the flavors come across as a little sweeter than most 65% I’ve had because of the wonderful flavor notes of the chocolate. Also there’s no hint of acidity or bitterness in this. Just wonderful deep roasted flavors that translate as very “chocolatey’ to me. This Ezca bar is delicate and sweet with a complexity that’s been coaxed and cultured.
A marvelous first attempt at a chocolate bar. I don’t know what else to say other than I’m enthusiastically waiting to taste what other chocolate Ezca produces.
Rating: Will Buy Again