This post is a mix of some I tried earlier in 2019 and never got round to posting about, some newer ones (early 2020), and one accidental repeat. These aren't seasonal varieties - they're here to stay!
Die Feine (61%) aus Nicaragua: 7/10
Dry and somehow smoky. Certainly an interesting one to savour but unlikely to become a firm favourite of mine.
Die Milde (55%) aus Ghana: 8/10
A very nicely balanced combination of creaminess and potency that ends up silky smooth. Probably my favourite of the three overall.
Die Kräftige (74%) aus Peru: 6.5/10
For a strong one, this one doesn’t quite pack enough punch for my taste. Perhaps I’m being too picky - after all, I spent quite a lot of time eating Lindt 90% dark, and eating it very slowly indeed. Ritter will remain my guilty pleasure rather than my classy chocolate date, I think.
I love cashew nuts and I love Ritter Sport, so what went wrong here? Simple answer: they used salted cashews. WTAF? They don’t use salted almonds or hazelnuts. Anyway, as a result this one would be better labelled “Salt”. And the irony is that the combination of salt and chocolate is quite tasty, and if it were labelled as such it would get a much higher score, but I’ve kept it low because of screwing with my expectations.
Haferkeks + Joghurt: 7.5/10
A sort of inverted chocolate hobnob, this goes down nicely. I’m not usually a fan of the yoghurt flavouring, but in this combination it does work pretty well. (EDIT: I actually already did this one in Spring 2019. Oh well; at least it got basically the same rating.)
Mandel Orange: 7/10
Very nice, quite understated. The almond pieces are so tiny that they really only provide a slight crunch, but that combined with the dark chocolate and orange flavouring is quite seductive. I could see this one growing on me.