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Lindt Excellence 70% 
Posted: 22 September 2011    6.5 
Lindt Excellence 70% The issue I have with this bar is the same issue I have with Lindt in general. It does the job, but rarely does it go above and beyond what's necessary to do it.  The bar's boring, much like Switzerland itself. Switzerland is renowned for its quality and craftsmanship, but the foreigners who aren't skiing or laundering cash there are falling asleep. You'll be doing the same when you eat this bar.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.033   Cocoa %: 70  Size: 35g  Swiss chocolate 
       


In the last care parcel from Australia, Aussie Dave included a small Lindt Excellence 70% bar as a control bar.    A control bar doesn't signify a bar is amazing on the Chocolate Republic.  It just sets some kind of benchmark of a given level of quality.  Do other bars taste better or worse than the control?  If the control is defined as a 6, then bars better must rate higher than 6; bars worse, lower.  In my esteemed opinion, a control bar in the 4.5 to 6.5 range is what's best desired.  If the control bar is so superb it scores a 9, then nearly every other bar tested afterwards will score worse.  The control really isn't needed here to help fine tune taste judgments. And if the control tests at a 0 or 1, you have the same problem in reverse, and you still don't need a control.   Ideally, a control is hovering somewhere not far from average.    

There was a day in the mid-Noughties when I would bow down low to the holy Lindt just like everyone else.  Swiss chocolates, aaaaah.  The gold standard.  Lindt was known by all.  Presidents and kings knew of it.   Athletes and talk show hosts savored it.  Businessmen and janitors alike were not embarrassed to be seen with it.     

Well, the Noughties are over and so is my love affair with Lindt.  Lindt's good, and when seen as a Swiss version of Hershey or Cadbury, which is what it sort of is, it's very good.   But when you stand it up against real quality chocolates -- and there are a lot more in the marketplace today than there were in 2004-05 -- Lindt's weaknesses stand out like William "Captain Kirk" Shatner's toupee did when he started doing the Star Trek films.     

This dark chocolate Lindt Excellence 70% isn't a bad bar.  The taste is decent for a dark in this range.  The back of the wrapper boasts of the inclusion of natural Bourbon vanilla beans, a marketing ploy all the way through. The majoirty of the world's vanilla is Bourbon vanilla.

The issue I have with this bar is the same issue I have with Lindt in general. It does the job, but rarely does it go above and beyond what's necessary to do it.  Like many a Lindt bar, Lindt's Excellence 70% hits all the notes and rests it's supposed to.  It's like the amusing well-acted comedy movie you went to the cinema to see last week.  The movie wasn't great, you'll probably forget about it in a month, but it was enjoyable as you sampled it.

Sad to say, the bar's boring, much like Switzerland itself.  Switzerland is renowned for its quality and craftsmanship, but the foreigners who aren't skiing or laundering cash there are falling asleep.   You'll be doing the same when you eat this bar.  

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