Do you want to know what’s really nice?
When you find a chocolate in the depths of your candy stash that was not only given to you by your BFF, but which brings back a wealth of memories of your time with said BFF. Memories such as late night SingStar bollocksings (unfortunately, I must admit that the BFF did the bollocksing and I did the being bollocksed), late morning amazing soy lattes in her kitchen, and the time she forced you to eat a peanut butter pretzel pickle.
This is that chocolate.
Prestat 71% Dark and Rich Chocolate
Prestat’s dedication to using “fairly traded” cocoa and to upholding ethical ideals, combined with its 71% vegan chocolate’s simple ingredient list, put me in a positive frame of mind as soon as I rid myself of the peanut butter pickle taste-memory. I was slightly nervous when I unwrapped the chocolate to discover a substantial amount of bloom on its surface, but as I took in the chocolate’s aroma I found myself feeling chipper again.
Prestat’s 71% dark chocolate has a lovely, albeit subtle, aroma of walnuts, vanilla, fudge, and almonds. There’s no hint of burnt notes or any sign of acidic red fruits, which gets a big thumbs up from me.
I took a bite of this chocolate and, at first… quietness. For several moments, the chocolate withheld all flavour from me, almost as if it were playing with my mind and my emotions*. Then, gradually, the flavour built.
Clotted cream, dusky caramel, almonds and pecans, the faintest hint of dusty sawdust (which I love) and no trace of sharp raspberry or redcurrant tanginess (which I don’t). Subtlety is the name of the game here, and the chocolatiness ebbs through like a hot fudge sauce with half the sweetness of what you’d find poured over a banana split (you know, if bananas didn’t currently cost $3.50 each). Slowly savouring this chocolate, I thought of caramelised walnuts and full-bodied coffee stained with cream, and I was happy.
*Lano and Woodley forever!
This Prestat 71% dark chocolate isn’t the most mind-blowing chocolate out there. Heck, it’s not even close to the calibre of Askinosie, Michel Cluizel, Mast Brothers, or Valrhona. But you know what? It’s smooth, it’s chocolate-y, it’s not too sweet, and it reminds me of someone I care about.
And that’s enough for me.