Ingredients: 100% Cacao beans
Variety: Heirloom Nacional
Wt: 54g (1.9oz)
PROFILE: A seasonal selection of pure 100% chocolate bars from a specific harvest year (18 mini bars in total).
Flavors: Floral, berries, mint, red wine, forest floor
STORY: To'ak's first-ever 100% bar is loaded with complexity. In 2016, the valley of Piedra de Plata experienced the torrential rains of El Niño followed by an unexpected drought, culminating in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake during harvest. No extra cacao butter was added. This is a one-ingredient bar of chocolate—as pure as it gets.
PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS: One direction is to pair this with sweet fortified wine—especially Pedro Ximénez sherry. A relatively sweet spirit like Zacapa 23 rum is another great pairing. Irish whiskies and sherry-finished single malt Scotch whiskies also work well, as does cognac if properly aged. Cheese is a great pairing, including Brie, Manchego, aged Gouda, Comté, and Gruyère. This chocolate paired with cheese accentuates the nuttiness of both.
CERTIFICATION: Heirloom Cacao Preservation. Beyond Certifications (read more)