Drew's Choice Chocolate

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Full Result

After each year's tasting, I go over the chocolate again at a leisurely pace. I taste and retaste them to determine which one I liked best and scored them on a 1 to 5 scale. I only did this for the darkest category.

2004 Favorites

Getting tiresome, some of these. The only newcomer is the Suchard. Really, this time there were a lot of excellent chocolates. I tasted the top 13 contenders four times each before I made my final ranking.

Top Chocolates

Cocoa

Cote d'Or, Noir de Noir

70%

Trader Joe's

70%

Chocolove

70%

Suchard Sensations Noir

70%

Galler Chocolate Noir

85%

2003 Favorites

Again, the top four were all very good, and are presented in no particular order. We did not have Trader Joe's this year, they ran out just in time for the tasting. Otherwise, my favorites look remarkably similar to last year's.

Top four

Cocoa

Sainsbury Belgian Plain

72%

Galler Chocolate Noir

85%

Chocolove

70%

Gaston Total Eclipse

72%

Runner's up

Cocoa

Frey Noir Special

72%

Rovira Rajoles

70%

Baratti

70%

Dolfin Noir

70%

Munz

70%

2002 Favorites


The top four were all very good, and are presented in no particular order.

Top four

Cocoa

Swartenbroekx

77%

Galler Chocolate Noir

85%

Chocolove

70%

Gaston Total Eclipse

72%

Second four

Cocoa

Cote d'Or Noir de Noir

70%

Schokinag

71%

Trader Joe's

70%

Café Tasse Extra Noir

77%

2000 Favorites

Dark

%

Name

Comments

Rank

Score

70

Chocolove Strong Dark Rich, good aftertaste. Strong, slightly sweet

1

4.5

70

Valrhona Pastils Extra Noir Fruity and sweet with a sweet aftertaste

1

4.5

72

Michel Cluizel Chocolat Amer Brut Rrich, chewy, strong chocolate flavor, slightly dry aftertaste

1

4.5

72

Droste Chocolade Extra Puur A bit grainy, slightly sour

3.9

70

El Rey Gran Samán Slightly grainy, sour aftertaste. Coarse flavor

3.2

73

La Maison Du Chocolat Cuana Sour and dry aftertaste

3.5

77

Chocolove Extra Strong Dark A bit grainy and chalky

3.5

71

Valrhona Noir Amer Sour undertone, chocolate taste overpowered by fruit flavor

4

70

Scharffen Berger Sour

3.2

70

Valrhona Guanaja metallic overtone

3.5

70

Lindt Excellence Heavy flavor, but tart/metallic

3.2

70

Callebaut Extra Bittersweet Sweet, dry, heavy flavor

3

70

Dolfin Chocolat Noir Extra Rich, thick, chewy. Slightly dry and chalky

3.9

88

Dolfin Noir Extra Creamy, understated taste, slightly dry after

4

70

Swiss Noir Sweet, very dry, sour overtone

3

77

Hachez Cocoa D'arriba Good at first, deteriorates to bitter

2.5

77

Arks Edelbitter Bitter

2.8

70

Kunzli Chalky, good flavor

3.5