I had never heard of Solkiki before, and I saw them while browsing Bar & Cocoa’s website. According to Bar & Cocoa’s and Solkiki’s descriptions, this is a Fortunato Number 4. The cacao beans were bought through Marañón Chocolate, an organization that works with Peruvian farmers. According to Marañón Chocolate the name Fortunato Number 4 was created to honor the Peruvian farmer who grows and harvests the Nacional cacao beans used to create Fortunato Number 4 chocolate bars.
On the back of the packaging the tasting notes for this specific bar are described as being floral and fruity. Solkiki says they did not roast the beans, slowly stone ground them, conched and matured the chocolate before molding. A quick Google search shows that floral is the most common flavor note for Fortunato Number 4 bars, along with potential nuttiness and coffee flavors.
I could barely smell the subtle floral and fruity scent. The flavor was strong, though! My mouth was immediately filled with intense floral (you could say perfume-y) flavor with some astringency and brightness that back the packaging mentioned. Citrus flavors developed as my bite melted. Toward the end the citrus melted away leaving a subtle floral flavor with light astringency. The floral lingered in the aftertaste.
I’m not sure why Solkiki and Bar & Cocoa’s descriptions for this bar say that it could taste like milk chocolate, because it definitely did not taste smooth and creamy like milk chocolate, but that’s a personal experience.
Solkiki: Made in the United Kingdom
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