Amedei Porcelana chocolate bar
To be fair to Amedei, I have had this chocolate bar for a little while and while it was stored in controlled conditions, I think it has suffered slightly.
This chocolate is flat and lifeless. After so many quality chocolate bars which have been conched to perfection, with some of the conching happening during the refinement, this bar seems to have been overconched, losing the delicious flavour that the bean has. I have been spiled slightly by Soma but I do believe that the porcelana bean has more potential than this.
The flavour is typically smooth with none of the rough edges some beans can have and this is deliciously evident. Where it is falling down is the artificial flavour coming through, possibly from the vanilla or a preservative.
I cannot say I’m happy enough with this bar to recommend it. I have to admit that I’ve been consistently disappointed with Amedei. It has always been hailed as a great wonderful chocolate and I just have found it wanting next to other chocolates. The flavour of the beans is hidden and flat, the vanilla can be overpowering and the taste lacks any punch.
Amedei will continue to be popular and it has won gold at the prestigious Academy of Chocolate awards for its Porcelana bar but I’m left cold. I’ll stick with Soma and just buy extra when I go home to Toronto.
Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time and money 🙂
Yikes £10 a bar! Shame it wasn’t worth it though!
Thank you for a greatly appreciated review!
Ah, Soma again…
I’d be very happy to try some of their chocolates, but Fedex being their choice of courier for shipping overseas, makes it unreasonably pricy and practically impossible.
Would you happen to know if there’s a chance they might be willing to work out the shipping issue?
I am so hapy someone feels the same about the Amedei porcelana. After all the hype about it I got a bar and I found it flat and very very disapointing.