I gravitated to this bar not only because I have yet to try Soma, but the words “black science” caught my eye 🙂 The description of this bar mentions the cocoa coming from the Markham Valley in the northern part of Papua New Guinea, but that’s not why it’s called black science. The cocoa was dried over a wood fire lending it a smoky flavor along with fruit and honey tasting notes. Sadly, Soma mentions that this bar will not be around for long due to the origin farm planting palm oil in place of cacao.
What’s confusing is that apparently more than one type of Black Science Papua New Guinea bar has been released by Soma. One description I could find of the bar mentions corn syrup, mango and balsamic vinegar as tasting notes while the picture of the bar itself shows the flavor description as ham, cherry and oak. Cocoa Runners (where I had originally purchased my bar from) describes the flavor as smoky with some citrus and berry.
On my bar, the tasting notes are listed as raisin, honey and cherry tobacco. The scent was reminiscent of a wood fire burning and kind of like bacon. Sharp citrus cut through as my bite started to melt followed by cherry and tobacco. I tasted some nuttiness in the background as well, which turned back into smokiness. I agree with Cocoa Runners that I tasted mostly smokiness over any other flavor in this bar.
Overall I enjoyed this chocolate! The flavor combination was interesting and though it was mostly smoky, it didn’t overwhelm my palate. The texture was smooth and pleasant. I’m looking forward to trying more Soma bars in the future!
Soma: Made in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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