Tasting Notes: Dick Taylor Jamaica Bachelor’s Hall
Our chocolate blogger, Bethany Waller, will be contributing her tasting impressions of some of our craft chocolate selections. Today’s is Dick Taylor Jamaica Bachelor’s Hall Limited Release 75% Dark Chocolate. You can browse all our available Dick Taylor selections here.
Every Dick Taylor bar compels one to journey on a vessel to uncharted waters for the palate — and Jamaica is no exception. A wooden boat sails over swell and wave on a moonlit evening on its packaging, beckoning the chocolate lover to venture on a quest to taste.
The signature Dick Taylor print on the bar — fleur-de-lis patterned inside diagonaled diamonds – defies a guided pattern or a chocolate square. I pressure the bar for that perfect snap, and wonder – how much chocolate will break?
A low tide swell of creamy chocolate melts over my tongue on first taste, seeming more milky than its impressive 75% cacao. No bright surprises at first — just a peaceful crescendo of whipped up foamy honey on bread – slow and slumbering, melting like a wave over my taste buds.
When I breathe air in over the chocolate’s melt and let it travel toward the back of my tongue and throat, I can sense the white blush of fleshy fruit, perhaps a peach or apricot. Subtle but adding a touch of sunlight to the quiet creaminess.
The bar finishes with a burst of sugary sweet — perhaps like a dried fig or caramel, sweeter than the rest. I love this bar for the serene, perfect creamy wash over my tongue with occasional sweeter swells of fresh apricot and then a splash of sweetness at the finish. It’s the peaceful chocolate quest that I will always be ready to explore — again and again.