The Art of Tasting Chocolate
You don’t need experience or specialized knowledge…
The simple act of paying attention is enough.
You’ll discover flavors you didn’t know existed. You’ll be surprised and delighted. You’ll enjoy your chocolate so much more.
You just need to try to taste.
We know from experience… It’s worth the minute or two of your time.
You may not slow down for this little tasting exercise every time you eat a piece of chocolate. But do yourself a favor… Do it at least once. Ideally, do it at least once with each new chocolate you try.
Your appreciation for quality chocolate – and for the differences between chocolate makers – will soar.
THIS IS HOW WE LIKE TO TASTE CHOCOLATE
First, set aside any distractions and sit in a comfortable spot.
Feel a piece of chocolate between your fingers. Smell it. Do you feel or smell anything you can identify? Does it melt quickly or not at all? Does is smell chocolatey, minty, or like rubber? Take mental notes.
Then, place it in your mouth. If you’re somewhere cold, the chocolate will likely be hard. So you may want to bite it a few times before you let it melt on your tongue.
Close your eyes while you concentrate on the flavors and the texture.
Again, take mental notes of anything and everything. Is it fruity, acidic, earthy? Is it smooth or grainy? Does it make you smile?
BUILDING A VOCABULARY FOR YOUR SENSE OF TASTE
Do your best to go beyond words like “good” or “bad.” Figure out what is good or bad? Describe it any way you can…
Sour, bitter, acidic, sweet, chocolatey, fruity, floral, minty, nutty.
A lot of craft chocolate makers include “Tasting Notes” on their packaging. Can you pick up on any of the flavors they tasted?
We like to jot down notes. If nothing comes to you, make something up. There are no wrong answers.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
Some chocolates will WOW you right off the bat. Some will grow on you. And you’ll be extra generous with other chocolates, sharing a little more than usual with family and friends.
Slow down for a minute or two when you try a new chocolate. Taste it. Appreciate it for what it is… chocolate that has a story.
If you do that, we’ll consider ourselves successful. One of our goals at The Latest Batch is to help you to slow down…
Savor the flavors. Savor the experience. And go a little deeper into what life offers.
Enjoy your chocolate,
Your friends at The Latest Batch