When Prestat sent us through a bar of their chocolate to review, my first reaction was "oooh what pretty packaging". My second reaction, once I'd had a closer look, was "ooh what interesting flavours". But would they taste nice together? Only one way to find out ...
The sense of luxury continues inside the foil wrap. Each large square is imprinted with the Prestat London 1902 logo surrounded by intricate swirls. It all seems more exclusive and prestigious than most bars of chocolate that you can find on the supermarket shelf. Prestat are quite rightly proud of their heritage. In 1902, a chocolate shop called Prestat was opened in London by descendants of Louis Dufour, the man who created the world’s first recorded chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1896. Prestat’s reputation for making exquisite handmade chocolates quickly spread and before too long, maharajas, sultans, presidents and stars of the stage and screen had all experienced the delight that only the finest chocolate can bring. Prestat’s quintessential Mints and their Rose and Violet Crèmes were The Queen Mother’s favourite chocolates. Both The Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II granted the business a Royal Warrant and Prestat chocolates continue to be served at every major state banquet. In fact, the Queen Mother reportedly kept a box of Prestat mint chocolates locked in her desk drawer and said that "They are not for the rabble" !
It is very nice - smooth creamy chocolate that starts off tasting like a chocolate orange then reveals a delicate undercurrent of exotic spice that evokes crimson sunsets, elephant rides at dawn and twanging sitar music. Sorry, I sounded like I was writing the script for an advert then ! It's deliciously different and one square is all you need for an indulgent after dinner treat.
Prestat's Orange & Cardamom Chai Thins, which are the same as the bar but in a different format, received a Gold Great Taste Award, 2014. I can certainly see why.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £3 for 75g
for more information : http://www.prestat.co.uk/
Disclosure : I received the product in order to write an honest review.