Pierre Marcolini, Brussels 03-2018

The haute chocolatier specialising in dark chocolate brought back memories to my visit here back in 2009. At that point I bought a thick molten hot chocolate and a few little bites.

On this occasion I bought the recommended "smokey and spicy" 72% from Kendeng Lembu in Java as something different. Apparently the beans grow on/near a volcano which gives them that distinct flavour. And indeed the chocolate has a smokey (though I couldn't say spicy - or maybe he just meant spices) element that curbs the minimal bitterness of the dark.

It's definitely not cheap but it's truly different.