Examine the chocolate's appearance
Notice the silk matte sheen - a sign of proper tempering. Color can vary, from deep, dark brown to auburn - a result of the type of cacao beans used in the recipe.
Feel the Surface
Feel the smooth, silky surface. Premium chocolate is never rough or grainy. A rough surface can indicate poor conching or improper storage.
Hold the chocolate close to your ear and break a piece. Listen closely. Premium chocolate breaks with a distinct, audible snap and clean edge.
Breathe in the rich fragrances and intense aromas. You may detect scents of vanilla, red fruit, honey or earth - to name just a few. Like wine grapes, some of the cacao beans flavor will reflect the region in which it was grown, indicating qualities of the soil.
discern the unique flavors
Allow the piece of chocolate to melt slowly on your tongue. The thin refined profile of Lindt EXCELLENCE will melt smoothly and evenly. As the chocolate melts, try to discern the many unique flavors other than cocoa. The flavors will evolve as the chocolate lingers in your mouth.