Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Amano Artisan Chocolate

I received in the mail as part of a product review Amano Artisan Chocolate. The flavors I received were Oucmare Dark Chocolate, Madagscar, Dos Rios, Guayas, Ocumare Milk Chocolate, Cuyagua, Montanya and Chuao. I was impressed when they arrived as I never realized how many different flavors were out there and I had never seen such a unique product.
Oucmare Dark Chocolate is 70% Dark and made from criolla cacao from the central coast of Venezuela’s Oucmare de la Coasta. The taste is fruity with a floral note paired with a rich dark flavor. You might also taste a raisin note with a slight smoky and woody note.
Madagascar is 70% Dark, and made from criolla cacao. The soil is the region Madagascar is every changing with the seasons so the cacao beans are different with the seasons. Taste is fruity almost like a plum but there is also a buttery subtext but the end of the bar you will notice a slight acidic citrus which is like raspberry or lemon.
Dos Rios is 70% Dark and is from Dominican Republic cacao beans which naturally taste like bergamot orange, cinnamon and clove. The flavor will amaze and fill your senses with a passion of chocolate, bergamot orange and spice.
Guayas is from the river floodplain of Ecuador and the Nacional cacao bean. The taste is characteristic of a floral from stone grinding them. Has a rich nuanced notes of smoke, green banana and blackberry.
Ocumare Milk Chocolate this is mild and creamy and used the same beans as the Ocumare Dark Chocolate, with this being a smoother and richer chocolate. The main flavor notes are a hint of caramel with cream.
Cuyagua is 70% Dark and is from Cuyagua in Venezuela. The cacao beans from this valley has a micro climate which taste totally different then the Ocumare beans. The flavor is a deep complex flavor which is different each time, you will notice a rich, nutty flavor with some spicy notes which can be compared to white pepper.
Montanya is a 70% Dark Chocolate which is found in the mountains of Venezuela in the northern region. They have exquisite cacao beans which are very limited in supply. You should pick up a slight hint of marshmallow leading to a characteristic of a “jovial chocolate”. You will also find a satisfying nuttiness and woodiness that as a dark chocolate lover you with enjoy, also a note of apricot to round it out.
Chuao is 70% Dark Chocolate which the name “Chuao” is spoken with reverence. This is faithfully grown by farmers and native to Venezuela. These are gently hand roasted and stone grinded turning them into the world’s finest chocolates. This is the most complex with flavors of plum, blueberry, blackberry, molasses, coffee and almonds. It is pure passion, tradition and love.
I really enjoyed the flavors of all the bars but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Montanya as I love marshmallow and mixed with an apricot flavor is divine. I also shared these with other people who also found the taste to be satisfying. Visit the website at and see all there wonderful chocolates. 
Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter as they are always having contests and giving away chocolate.
Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

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