At last you’ve reached the stage you’ve been waiting for. You may think that tasting the chocolate will give you the best idea of its quality, but what your tongue will also tell you, though, is how smooth the chocolate is, or in other words, the particle size. In real chocolate, this should be so fine that it will not be discernible. The taste test will also reveal the chocolate’s finish. Real chocolate should linger deliciously in the mouth, like good wine. If there’s any greasy residue, it means the chocolate contains fats other than cocoa butter. And finally, as the chocolate melts in the mouth, it releases volatile aromas … and we’re back to smell again. Enjoy!
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