In this Tasting Box we’re going deep and dirty into the underground world of roots. Below the ground is a whole new world of adventure and discovery. Here hide some of the world’s most exciting flavours. It is pretty obvious that ginger is a root, given its gnarly knobbliness. What a joyous ingredient, it adds sparkle in so many situations, my fridge would be lost without it! Less obvious is that liquorice is the root of a graceful member of the pea family. It’s rich mellow spiciness makes it a natural dancing partner for chocolate. Both of these glorious roots make some of my all time favourite pairings with chocolate.
10 x 50g chocolates:
4 x single estate dark bars: San Agustin 70 with honey nutty notes, Rio Caribe 72 with complex notes of nuts & coffee, sambirano 71 With notes of summer fruits, Surabaya 69 with deep caramel notes.
4 x flavoured dark bars: Luscious Orange, dark chcocolate with orange; Almendra, dark chocolate with roasted almonds; Ginger Lime, dark chocolate with ginger & lime, Pistachio & date, 100% Awajun cacao with pistachio & dates.
2 Magnificent Creations special editions not found in any shop
– Cloud Forest Friends. Baracoa 65 dark chocolate with lemongrass and ginger. On my farm in Venezuela that steeps up into the Cloud Forest, I just have to walk out of the house to find ginger growing under the shade trees and lemongrass not far away. Could it be because they grow together, that they taste so great together?
– Scandi Noir. Las Trincheras 72 dark chcolate with liquorice. Liquorice has an off bean taste much loved in Scandinavian countries… its aniseed flavour is naturally sweet with a rich mellow spiciness. Chocolate is its natural dancing partner, rounding out all its quirky edges. One of my all time favourites!
The Flavour Map and Tasting Notes explaining why I make the chocolates as I do.
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Perfect Ingredients. Perfect Flavours. Perfect Pleasure.