This flagship bar from Reine Astrid has a beautiful melt full of rich brownie notes often found in West African cocoa. That’s followed by hints of stoned fruit and tobacco, with a nicely roasted tint on the finish.
ABOUT THE MAKER
In 1935, Fernande Gobert named her chocolate company after the beloved Queen Astrid, Swedish princes and wife of King Leopold of Belgium, who died in a tragic car accident that same year. The company is now owned by Christophe Bertrand, who has established farmer cooperatives in Haiti and Cameroon. His mission is to develop further the company’s high-quality, fine-flavour, and ethical chocolate while supporting cocoa bean producers and increasing their local revenue.
In 2017, Christophe built on his Haitian success by establishing a cooperative in N’Kog Ekogo, a 75-family village in Cameroon. The farmers’ growth has been immense: from 2 tons of beans in 2018 to 40 tons in 2020. Reine Astrid has also helped to organise the rebuilding of the village school and the building of a warehouse, and funded masks and PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wonderfully complex, rich melt and satisfying aftertaste. Lots if high nites abive the lo nite richness. Going on my favourites list
Ben S. –
I found it quite bitter, and not as interesting as other cocolates you can get from CR