Harper Macaw is one of the chocolate makers based out of Washington, D.C., and I’ve shared about their chocolate before on here, including some of their backstory, but this will be the first time I’m trying their 74% Atlantic Forest bar (the green one). I figured I haven’t had a chance to shine the spotlight on specifically their non-inclusion bars, so that’s what I’ll be covering! There are two non-inclusion bars that I’m missing here, and that’s their milk blend and dark blend bars, which I have yet to try. I really want to try their inclusion bars sometime as well, but that will have to wait.
I’m starting with my favorite bar by Harper Macaw. The 77% Amazon Rainforest was the first bar I tried by them a year ago, and it has remained as one of my top favorite chocolate bars! The cacao for this bar specifically comes from the Tomé Açu estate in Pará, which is in the northern part of Brazil. The tasting notes on Harper Macaw’s website are listed as “earthy with dried fruit such as raisins.” The chocolate smells like and immediately tasted like raisins. The dried fruit flavor quickly developed and kind of reminded me of dried mangos. A mild astringency developed as my bite melted and then dissipated toward the end. The raisin flavor returned strongly at the end of my bite as well and lingered in the aftertaste.
The cacao for the 74% Atlantic Forest bar comes from the Vale Do Juliana estate in Bahia, Brazil. The tasting notes for this bar are listed as toffee, licorice, peppercorn and that this bar is a “mystery.” Peppercorn is not one of my favorite flavors in chocolate, but today I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone. The peppercorn scent was strong but once it was on my tongue, I tasted sweetness and warmth of toffee. Then the peppercorn and licorice flavors kicked in. The peppercorn was surprisingly not as strong in flavor as I expected. All three flavors were balanced for the rest of my bite and into the aftertaste. I wasn’t sure if I would like this bar, but I’m glad to say that I do!
The cacao for the 75% Atlantic Forest bar comes from the Manoel Libânio Agricola estate in Bahia, Brazil. The tasting notes are listed as malt, tart cherries and white fruit. I don’t know what white fruit means and I’ve never seen that listed as a tasting note before. I definitely got a malt scent from this bar. Once the chocolate was on my tongue, I tasted tart cherries quickly followed by malt. Since I could taste two out of the three flavors listed, I was searching for whatever the white fruit flavor was. And I’m still confused what specifically I’m supposed to be tasting for that. Maybe it’s the general fruitiness of the chocolate halfway through my bite and toward the end. The malt and fruitiness lingered in the aftertaste.
I don’t think I can put into words as to why the blue 77% Amazon Rainforest bar is my favorite. It just is, and I’ve picked it up every time I get a chance to purchase some Harper Macaw. They recently came out with a mini-bar pack featuring all 5 of their non-inclusion bars. Their chocolate drops are new to me as well. I imagine those will be awesome for snacking, baking and making drinking chocolate!
Trish from Eating the Chocolate Alphabet recently tried these same three bars herself and had a different palate experience than I did! You can read her thoughts here.
Of course since Time To Eat Chocolate likes to support locally made metro D.C. area based chocolate makers, I find it hilarious that Harper Macaw has a line of politically themed bars! It’s so fitting. I have yet to try any of them, but I definitely will in the future and share about it on here. You can order them online if you want to try them before I do!
Harper Macaw: Made in Washington, D.C.
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