BORN AND RAISED
in France, JACQUES TORRES
won the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrir de France
in 1986, before moving across the Atlantic to work as pastry chef at the famous Le Cirque
restaurant in New York. In 2000 he set up a chocolate factory and a store in Brooklyn, New York and in 2004 a further factory followed in Manhattan -- this time with glass walls, to enable visitors to watch the chocolate being made. Besides a large range of filled chocolates, blended bars and bars with added ingredients, JACQUES TORRES
also has three single-origin bars which we review here.
JACQUES TORRES chocolate can be bought from the website website (but is not shipped outside the US) as well as in stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan (see below).
Brooklyn: 66 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Tel. +17188759772, Mon--Sat 9--7, Sun 10--6, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manhattan: 350 Hudson Street (SoHo), New York, NY 10014, Tel. +12124142462, Mon--Sat 9--7, Sun 10--6
THE CHOCOLATE BARS
click on countries of origin for more information
DOMINICAN REP. 77.5% Dominican Republic, Carribean
In our opinion definitely the best of the three single-origin bars by JACQUES TORRES. We tasted strong flavours of tobacco and wood, as well as spice, and were pleased by an excellent, dry aftertaste.
PERU 64% Peru, South America
This bar is rather sweet, even for a 64%, which may be the reason why its more subtle flavours remain shrouded. The lack of complexity made this bar slightly disappointing, on the single-origin scale.