Forget what you know about Citrus and Cacao

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img_7238Forget what you know, lemon and chocolate Yuzu is here. Made by THE (meiji) has world class taste, a questionable reputation, the best packaging on the market and now a stunning inclusion bar that’s, wait for it, sold at 7-11s in Tokyo I am told. The isn’t the future of beantobar, it’s the “THE” Chocolate of right now. img_7239img_7240
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Tiny bits of dried Yuzu? Great, because it’s actual Yuzu, not lemon — which is the completely unenthralling substitute for when Yuzu supply not available. It’s a rare type of citrus different from a lemon and the differences come through in this bar. Even the box says, “limited”. So I want it. I taste it and know not everyone will like it. More for us.

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That cleansing tartness clears the palette better then water, the typical palette refreshers for professional chocolate tasters.
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Yuzu, again NOT lemon, has acid (citric) and a honey, floral aroma mostly uncommon with conventional citrus so surprise, it blends effortlessly into the bitters of the cacao. Flavor alchemy melds Yuzu and cacao with the sugar in this 3 (I’m assuming as I can’t read Japanese) ingredient bar to break anyone’s new years diet resolution.

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Rarely does a bar inspire me to write while I taste it. Sometimes a bar doesn’t inspire at all. Other times like with previous THE chocolate I have reviewed, I have to write in the moment or the lag will create loss. This is how I capture the essence of the experience and the intention of craftsman/craftswoman/craftsperson. I write this review while experiencing THE. And as it just so happens, it is melting in my hand :(. It’s still happening and the first bar ( 1 of 3) is almost gone but because I put took it out of my hand and melted it in my mouth. I love a long lemony and sweet oral linger…who needs a breathe freshener, gum or other when I can taste it strong 10 minutes later. Unlike 90% of the competition which lacks linger.
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Less is more and with precision on taste analysis emphasized on packaging, oh there is an app too you can be sure your $1.89US or ¥228  is very well spent.
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I give it 7 out of 8 #chocolate_islands because it was everything but tempered.

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