Marou Ben Tre Coconut Milk 58%
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When we acquired this bar we had the option of waiting for the finished product packaging to be released but opted not to. I specifically wanted this packaging because of where it came from. You see, Marou has this cafe/storefront/factory/patisserie in Vietnam called Maison Marou. I haven't had the opportunity to visit yet but I literally cried (from being inspired) when I watched the designing, decorating, and grand opening unfold on social media. Anyway, this packaging is what they use for their inclusion bars created and sold at Maison Marou.
For the stamped description, they use letter forms that are molded into small rubber pieces which load into custom made stamps for labeling. So yeah, I had to have the one that came hand stamped all the way from Vietnam.
Using cacao from the Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta, where cacao trees are planted among the coconut groves, they've created this inspired chocolate.
Right off the bat, this thing smells incredible. Scents of cassia and traces of my mother's cinnamon covered pinecone potpourri make me nostalgic for my childhood. Upon tasting I was expecting the flavor of coconut milk to be pretty present but it is barely there. While I quite enjoy coconut milk I appreciate their perfect placement of it in this bar. Secondary to the beautiful notes of spices are subtle hints of almond, caramel, and coconut meat. Maybe even a little taste of cherry.
This doesn't seem like a milk chocolate at all to me. It's still dark, just not tannic. How in the world did they create a 58% with such little coconut milk flavor that somehow still seems dark? It's actually kinda blowing my mind.