who still drinks cask wine? (moving away from 'cask' chocolate!)
How much has wine changed for the better since the cask-wine days of the 1980's?! Chocolate-lovers are now beginning to enjoy the same evolution in chocolate.
Mass-produced chocolate is made from a blend cocoa beans sourced from a large area, mixing together the beans from a number of varieties of Cocoa tree. This makes a consistent chocolate bar.. so it tastes the same, everytime you buy it.
But have a think how different a Shiraz is, say, from a Cabernet.
Cocoa is the same. There are a few different varieties of Cocoa, so when you taste chocolate made from just one or two varieties, you get to taste the unique flavour of those varieties.
Choose single-origin or even single-plantation chocolate and you get the 'terroir' effect too...
Again, comparing to wine, if you enjoy the difference in Shiraz from cool climate to warm, or simply the unique flavour found in different vineyards, single-plantation chocolate can be enjoyed in the same way - made by one person, from the fruit grown in one place.
So take the plunge from 'cask' chocolate to some single-plantation, and SAVOUR the FLAVOUR!