How to Taste with Intention

How to taste with intention:
  • The chocolate bar should be room temp. (70F) 
  • Start with the highest percentage and work to the sweeter bars if tasting several at one time, use a palate cleanser such as crackers, soda water, green apple, lemon water between different bars
  • Look the color of the chocolate, is it reddish brown or dark brown
  • Is it shiny or are there white patches which indicates fat separation from the cocoa and will likely make an off-texture 
  • Break off a small piece it should have a nice snap if tempered well, smell the chocolate, 
  • Taste it: let the piece melt slowly on your tongue, what do you taste right away? what happens as it melts? what flavors linger after the chocolate is gone?