Jasmine: A whole new world!
Aladdin: Don’t you dare close your eyes…
Jasmine: A hundred thousand things to see!
Aladdin: Hold your breath – it gets better.
Jasmine: I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far, I can’t go back to where I used to be…
Oh, wait. That’s not quite the “jasmine” that Bovetti is attempting to replicate in this chocolate, is it?
That’s a bit of a shame, really. I’d much rather find Disney-themed chocolates in my local store than, say, chocolate imprinted with Twilight devil-spawn*.
But I digress. This is my fifth and final Bovetti chocolate review (for the foreseeable future), so read on to discover whether this French chocolate company went out with a bang or a whimper…
Bovetti Dark Chocolate with Jasmine Flowers
As soon as I removed this chocolate from its cardboard packaging, my speedy typing fingers wrote down “oooh, smells good! The aroma is very fragrant.”
And then I felt like an idiot. “The aroma is fragrant”? That simply means that the aroma is an aroma. Clearly, my Pulitzer Prize shall continue to elude me…
Luckily for all of us, I soon picked out brown sugar and floral notes in the aroma of this chocolate. It wasn’t quite like closing my eyes and burying my nose in a bunch of my grandfather’s gorgeously perfumed home-grown roses, but then again, how could it be? Bovetti is chocolate, not roses. (See what I mean? Pulitzer!)
After such stellar note-taking as detailed above, I took a nibble of this 73% dark chocolate and was suddenly, immediately, tautologically delighted with its earthy and muscovado sugar flavours.
Many of you would know by now that my chocolate tastes tend away from the red fruit spectrum. Subsequently, I was inordinately pleased with the notes that sang out to me from this Bovetti chocolate. I picked out clotted cream, dusky cocoa, rich hot fudge sauce (the proper kind; not chocolate syrup from a bottle), marscapone, charcoal, sawdust, and walnuts.
If you who don’t regularly crave chocolate that tastes of sawdust and walnuts, you’re missing out. Ahem.
While this chocolate isn’t astringent or bitter, it also isn’t overly sweet. As a result, the sugared jasmine flowers sprinkled on top provide not only a textural contrast but a pleasing burst of floral sweetness. One thing I’m always wary of when it comes to floral flavours is their tendency to taste like soap. Thankfully, the sugared jasmine used in this chocolate is subtle enough to remind me more of perfume than detergent.
And that, my friends, is a flavour of chocolate I can wholeheartedly recommend.
* Any Twilight lovers out there, I shall hereby disclose that I’ve read all four books, and am quite intrigued by how, in the name of all things decent, the birth scene of Breaking Dawn is going to be filmed.