So I see you put stars everywhere, that’s really nice and all, but what do they really mean?
(*****) – Simply devine chocolate. The best of the best! A rare find.
(****) – A perfect bar! Remarkable tastes and textures. Truely a fine chocolate!
(***) – a really interesting bar. Well worth the try, though it isn’t as amazing as chocolate can be.
(**) – Hey, it is chocolate, but there is much better stuff out there!
(*) – darn, did I actually buy this? What was I thinking!
Remember, this are my personal opinions. Please, be my guest and try the bars yourself and see if you agree.
As of january 2019, I changed from a general rating to a more detailed scoring system.
How I draw my conclusion is based on 5 subcategories which are scored during review tastings. There are always several tastings before a final verdict. Chocolate is tasted at different times at different days.
Finally I score:
- Visual appeal: 5 points
- Aroma: 5 points
- Melt and mouth feel: 5 points
- Flavor profile: 5 points
- Complexity: 5 points
The sum of the awarded points per subcategorie gives the final score out of 25 points. This number is the total score of the chocolate and translates in a star rating as shown in the title of the review.
The ratings are awarded as follows:
- 0-4,9 points total: *
- 5-9,9 points total: **
- 10-14,9 points total: ***
- 15-17,4 points total: *** 1/2
- 17,5-19,9 points total: ****
- 20-22,4 points total: **** 1/2
- 22,5-25 points total: *****
Knowing my appreciation on the 5 subcategories will allow readers to judge whether a certain element is important to them. Chocolate makers will be able to see how I appreciate their product on different levels.
Is this all terribly important? I hope not. Consider it a guide in your discoveries of the world of fine chocolate. And by all means, taste, try and savour every fine chocolate you can find. It will open up your world.