Minamoto Kitchoan is a traditional Japanese cake and confectionery shop based in Kamakura, Japan. This shop in London has been opened for quite a long time. It is a lovely place to buy special cakes for Japanese festivals, gifts for friends or for yourself!
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66%, 77%, 88%, 99% chocolate – which is the best?
Starting from top: Chocolate 99 (coca and cocabutter 99%) , chocolate 88, chocolate 77 and chocolate 66 from Teuscher, a small chocolate shop located in the Old Town of Zürich. This store is the original epicurean shop. The decoration inside is traditional (a little cheesy for some perhaps) but it is a sweet and cosy alternative to Sprungli
I decided to do a tasting of chocolate blind folded. By doing so , it opened up my other senses to the experience. (I recommend a nice warm cup of green tea to cleanse the palette in between each tasting!)
Chocolate 99 and chocolate 88 both have a very nice chocolate aroma. They are hard and dry. The taste is bland – just bitter (chocolate 88) and more bitter (chocolate 99)! I do not enjoy the aftertaste as my tongue feels rough.
Chocolate 77 and chocolate 66, on the other hand, are not attractive on the nose. However, they have a lovely velvety texture in the mouth. The taste is richer and more interesting. Chocolate 66 is sweeter and feels more processed.
77% is my favourite!