Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bernard Castelain Noir Cafe

Bernard Castelain's Noir Cafe has been sitting on my pantry shelf for a good year. I simply haven't had time to try it yet. Of course, it also belongs to my "collection of food," an odd assortment of foodstuffs that I've bought which, for some reason, I never got around to eating.

It's not that I didn't want to, but rather that I never matched up a moment of looking at it with a moment of wanting to eat it.

This is good chocolate. Really good chocolate. Michel-Cluizel-good chocolate.

It's deep, rich, has a slightly smoky, slightly astringent aftertaste. That's when the coffee flavor kicks in. It's a coffee that reminds me of the finest coffee I ever had. We were in the Provence, just starting a vacation. Arriving late in the evening, we ate late. Late for Americans at least, right on time for the French.

After a delicious dinner of fish, I ordered a coffee, and received an espresso-like cup of dreams. The coffee flavor in this chocolate is that good.

It also doesn't hurt that this chocolate reminds me of that evening in Provence, over a year ago, with the heat of August beating down on us, even after dark.

While the snow falls here in Stuttgart.

1: Better than sex
2: Little bites of heaven
3: Share with your best friend
4: Will do in a pinch
5: Halloween candy


DiamondVVV1 said...

My mouth is watering! Great writeup!

Casey said...

Have not tried a Castelain white yet, have you tried the Macaibo? Very good. For the creme de la creme of white chocolate, have you tried El Rey's Icoa. I wrote about it on my chocolate blog