It’s been a while since my last chocolate review (Eating All The Cheesecake might have something to do with that), so I thought it best — for all our sakes — to make this one about some really great chocolate. Some really great chocolate sent to me by a really great person. Some really great UK chocolate sent to me by a really great long-time-UK-reader-turned-friend who, in the package, also included a card that near made me burst into tears.
Jordan, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loveliness. The chocolate you sent was resplendent, but the words you gave me were so unexpected and so strength-creating that they were (are) the real gift. Beyond a gift. Thank you.
Montezuma’s Milk Chocolate with Chilli & Lime
Montezuma’s has the tag line “innovative British chocolate” and, after a quick squiz at their website, they ain’t lying. There’s a Great British Puddings line with chocolate bars modelled after Eton Mess, Treacle Tart (be still my heart) and Spotted Dick (don’t think I can’t hear you snickering), as well as four chocolate bars named for Cockney rhyming slang (I want the Nanny Goat).
Chocolate and wordplay? That speaks to my soul.
I had an inkling that the bars Jordan sent me would be epic. I trust him completely.
I started with Montezuma’s Milk Chocolate with Chilli & Lime, which uses a 34% cacao base, ground chilli, and lime oil. The colour was a deep red brown and the aroma astonishingly intense in fresh lime notes. I took a bite, and ZING! This chocolate tasted like an explosion of fruity lime with a hint of zest, followed quickly by a prickle of chilli that built to a lingering burn at the back of the throat.
I’ve reviewed lime chocolates before by Cocoa Rhapsody, The Curious Chocolatier, Cocoa Bean Chocolate Co. and Chocolate Moderne, but Montezuma’s was the most true to the fresh zinginess of lime. I feel I can’t describe this better than in my tasting notes, so (keep in mind that I received these in the depths of Canada’s horrible long soul-crushing winter):
“This is so zingy-zingy good. My throat is sparkling. It makes me think of summer and sunshine and tropical vacations, and I’m so happy. The chilli is tickling me. Yes.”
Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Sea Dog with Lime and Sea Salt
With so much joy emanating from that first Montezuma’s chocolate experience, I had no doubt I’d love the Dark Chocolate Sea Dog with Lime and Sea Salt even more. This one used cacao from Peru with a 70% percentage, and was dark, dark, dark in colour with an aroma of fresh lime (yep, again!) and margaritas. And a little gin? I don’t know why. Perhaps because gin is delicious?
The taste of Montezuma’s Sea Dog chocolate was as rich as a hot summer’s day, with the salt and lime providing a slight cooling edge like a breeze. It was deep, deep, so deeply deep and wonderful, heady and fragrant and just. so. chocolate-y. Sometimes, there exists chocolate where the flavour is not so much layered as exactly what you dream of in a rich, sweet-yet-punchy, simply-delicious dark chocolate.
Oh, my heart. These chocolate bars were so good. Jordan, you are a wonder, and you are seriously good at this. Thank you.