Log: Day the Third in Munich. Still not much in the way of taste. I may or may not have looked like a crazy stalker while tailing a man who had a lit cigarette in his hand at the Marienplatz. I desperately wanted to smell something, and thought cigarettes might be aromatically strong enough to give me my wish.
I also scurried into bakeries, brushed close to roasted nut stalls, and loitered near smoked meats at the Viktualienmarkt. No luck.
Munich is, to me, a very quiet and very clean-smelling city.
On the plus side, I can detect simple sweetness, so have been overloading my teas with sugar. Also, as I’m not eating any chocolate right now, I can pretend I’m catching up on the reviewing.
E. Guittard Quetzalcoatl
The only other E. Guittard chocolate reviewed on this blog has been the Nocturne 91%, which fascinated me with its strong fennel flavour and silky melt. E. Guittard’s Quetzalcoatl chocolate is far less intense at only 72%, but bears the unique characteristic of having no cocoa butter added. (It appears to be the only one of E. Guittard’s line-up to boast this.)
The Quetzalcoatl is promisingly dark in colour, and puts forward aromas of red currant and coconut. I was a little worried that the chocolate would veer too closely to the tangy-fruit spectrum for my liking, but fortunately such worry was misplaced. I loved this. It is simply deeply, richly chocolatey, starting with hints of berry and wood before moving into muscovado sugar and ending with what I shall simply describe as dark and roasted flavours.
E. Guittard once again nailed a thick, soft, and utterly smooth melt devoid of chalkiness in this chocolate. In so doing, the company presented me with deliciously rich and earthy and tobacco-y yumminess – all without making me shadow unknown Germen men on the street.
And that’s a good thing, right?