Firetree - Dark Chocolate - Vanuatu Malekula 72%Firetree
Almost all the cocoa grown in Vanuatu comes from this one island: Malekula. This sparsely populated island is a two-day boat journey from the capital of Port Vila. But the rich volcanic soil here yields a cocoa bean with a complex flavour and hints of cherry, white grape, and citrus that makes the journey worthwhile.
There is no easy way to get to Malekula. It’s either a long boat journey or a plane that flies once – or maybe twice – a week. Most of the island is blanketed in the forest – except for the estate that provides us with the superior cocoa bean that grows in this rich porous volcanic soil.
Although the estate here has attracted outside investors, it is still owned by the local landholders. They make sure that the jobs go to the islanders, with all their local knowledge and expertise. It all makes for a self-contained business that benefits the local community in numerous ways and results in cocoa of the highest calibre.
Tasting notes: soft lemon, white grape, cherry. Cherry, soft lemon and white grape aromas give an essence of lush fruit. to enjoy fully, take time to let the flavours develop on the palate.
Cocoa solids: 84% minimum. Cocoa mass. unrefined sugar, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin. The product is made in a no-nut factory. Dairy-free.
Weight : 65 g
Hailing from the remote islands located in the Southern Pacific and Oceania, the cacao trees with their flame-hued pods grow in the Pacific Ring of Fire, some of which are right on the outskirts of massive dormant volcanoes. These cacao trees, also known as firetrees, is where Firetree got their inspiration for the brand name. These trees thrive specifically in the porous volcanic soil, which incidentally provides a distinct and unique taste to their cacao beans that make up just about 1% of the earth's cacao bean production.
The flavours do take time to develop. It has a slow melt with cherry and citrus acidity shone consistently throughout. The finish is clean with hint of mild sweetness. So good!!!