International Chocolate Awards - European - Microbatch - GOLD 2020
The Fortunato No.4 cacao used in this bar - as seen on the BBC - makes a perfect backdrop for Ararat Brandy.
The base of this chocolate is our 60% coconut dark-milk Maranon chocolate. After launching this base bar in 2015 it has won many awards - a favourite ever since. The chocolate is mild yet complex, providing a beautiful base for deeper and richer tones offered by the world famous Ararat Brandy.
Presumed extinct for a century, rediscovered by chance, and now with cacao trees growing in number, we are proud to have played a part in the Maranon story since 2015. Temperamental, sensitive & intricate this is a challenging cacao to comprehend.
ARARAT brandy is a hand-made drink from the of masters of the Yerevan Brandy Company, Armenia. The complex bouquet is a symphony of old wood, caramel toffee, and chocolate with a rich aroma. Rich and smooth with hints of licorice and dried fruit overtones. Long and persistent with a perfectly balanced finish it’s a perfect partner for our 60.
This bar has appeared in our Exclusive Subscription packs since summer 2018, and following the feedback, we're excited and delighted to launch the bar for everyone to enjoy.
Allergen information: contains no nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, or soy (nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free). Made in a facility that uses nuts and soy. Vegan friendly.
Each bar is 56gr/ 2oz.
60% Peru, Marañón & Ararat Brandy Nibs - Coconut Dark Milk
Harvest day on Don Fortunato’s farm is special, since this is the site of the Mother Tree. This tree possesses DNA identical to the genetic marker for Pure Nacional found in the 5,300 entry, world genetic database. Don Fortunato and his wife participate in the harvest and, utilizing machetes, open pods and assist in removing the beans. Sealed buckets with wet cacao beans are transported on Fortunato’s burro from the farm, to the family home, weighed on a digital scale and Don Fortunato is paid immediately before the fermentation process begins that same day.