June 22, 2012

Review: Weiss Chocolates

Luxe Corporation launched its flagship online store for gourmet cheese, wine and chocolates. They were nice enough to send across some from there chocolate portfolio.

Firstly, i thank them for such a great customer experience with them. The chocolates arrived on time and was well-delivered(the guy brought it in a cooler box and hence it did not melt at all). They also sent across a letter detailing about the chocolates etc.

The following is the set i got. On enquiry, they told me that Weiss chocolates is a gourmet chocolate brand from France, and this range of chocolates is not readily available even in stores/malls in Europe; my curiousness and expectations only increased more :)

An then started the 'tedious' job of enjoying the chocolates :) I did not want to gulp down everything in one day, and wanted the experience to last for sometime before the next chocolate had to be enjoyed.

The Bars
Acarigua ,Kacinkoa and Nougacao looked like the three musketeers and i was impressed with their simple minimalistic packaging. It was just a simple paper which had just the right verbiage on the cover and the golden foil to preserve the chocolate. I did not quite like the golden foil, it was a tad too thin and cheap and was not of great quality. Nevertheless, like a book, never judge a chocolate by its cover.

I started with the Chocolat Nougacao - this is like a milk chocolate, albeit with 64% cacoa. The cover claims this to be a 'chocolat noir' - but seriously Weiss?? Is this enough Dark? The nougatins are just not there and the taste is very much a let down. I had to simply distribute it to many around.

Acarigua(70% cacoa) and Kacinkoa(85% cacoa) were reasonably better when compared to the Nougacao - but still Kacinkoa was no way near Godiva(85% cacoa). But still, these chocolates can be tried once. Compared to the napolitans(which i will review below), these were slightly better. Acarigua is slightly mild and would be a good introductory chocolate for those who want to get into the Dark Chocolate arena, and Kacinkoa takes you to the next level. Acarigua had a slightly whitish tinge(similar to blooming, but not exactly), which scores some negatives on the appearance arena. Kacinkoa was nice and dark and the crunchiness was an instant hit - the color was perfect, the only wish was that if Weiss had some good designs on the top or just left it simple and plain :)

The Winner
And then came Orangettes.

I was really excited to try this out. The packaging was perfect and the sticks looked even more appealing. Having tried Lindt's orange flavoured chocolate recently(which is packaged like a bar), i was even more curious to try out the other varieties. And i must say that Orangettes lived upto the expectation. In fact, i would go ahead and say that this was the only chocolate in the entire set from Luxe that i loved.

About the Orangette chocolate: These are small sticks of 7-8 inches length, with a crusty appearance. I expected these to be crunchy, but the outer layer is soft and is the core. It dissolves in your mouth in some time(not immediately like the Lindt's), but the orange flavour remains in your mouth is much more longer lasting than that of Lindt. If you love flavoured chocolates, then this is for you. I would have loved this chocolate if it was a tad more crunchy, i mean, you just break it like a Kitkat and eat it - the present texture is much more softer than i had expected. Nevertheless, go for this :)

I simply loved the packaging for the Napolitans, it looked really 'gourmet' and my expectations soured. I  love the simple and minimalistic packaging of Weiss. But only if the napolitans had lived upto the mark!

The Lait Entier(32%) which is like a milk chocolate was a disaster - there is no smell of taste of milk and it tastes like flour ground with some flavouring agent. Simply put - AVOID.

The darker varieties - Grand Noir(57%) and Erene(72%) - were a tad better, but again, the texture was a let down. Also, i simply could not feel the cacoa in it.

Generally, i prefer dark chocolates with milk - because it washes down the cacoa very well and the after taste lingers in your mouth for sometime(for eg, Godiva's 85% cacoa was a winner), but with this set, i did not feel the same.

Thanks Luxe Corporation, Yzury and Weiss. Hope you have a great business in India - but seriously, please improve your Milk Chocolate portfolio.

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