Christine at The World of Chocolate has reviewed all three Upala bars. She really liked the 70%, wasn’t a big fan of the nibs, and loved the 82%. Links and excerpts from all three reviews are below. On a side note, she asked about the fish logo and wrote about my reply in the nib bar review.
Thanks for the reviews Christine!
The chocolate is beautifully presented and has a fantastic shine. The initial aroma is a light tobacco aroma with hints of the forest. There is a great snap as you break off each chunk. The mould they’ve used makes it a little awkward to break but I do like the originality. There is an instant fruity taste of berry which is strong and long lasting. There is also a quality about this chocolate that I can only describe as ‘zingy’. It is almost a sparkling sensation which I can’t quite fathom out. The finish is slightly dry with a hint of tobacco in the background.
I like the crunch but the nibs bring a sourness to the bar and I preferred the bar naked! It’s a bit like having a delicious cup of tea with the tea leaves left floating in the cup. Apart from that there is a good aroma of tobacco and plenty of fruit coming through with this bar but I’m not totally convinced the nibs are necessary.
This bar has a lovely soft fruity aroma with a hint of tobacco in the background. The bar is well made, bright and has a fantastic snap. It is very smooth, dark and sophisticated with ‘blackberry’ notes. Even after the chocolate has melted away the flavour is still lingering with no bitterness that sets your teeth on edge. I think I’ve saved the best until last!