2016 El Niño Harvest (78% dark)

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Start with heirloom Nacional cacao from Piedra de Plata, add torrential El Niño rains followed by an unexpected drought during the critical ripening period, and top it off with an unusually late harvest forced by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate at its most complex.

Flavor profile:
Nose: Wood with a touch of flowers.
Palate: Ripe banana, mint/eucalyptus, earthy red fruits.
Finish: Muscular, enigmatic, highly complex.

SKU: TOAK-S-NH16 Category: Brand: ,

Suggested Retail:  32,11

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Nett weight

Type of chocolate

Cacao contents

78%

Cacao origin

Characteristics

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Leadtime/ date

Case/ Order quantity

3

Ingredients:
78% Cacao beans, cane sugar

Variety:
Heirloom Nacional

TO'AK, Quito, Ecuador

To’ak exclusively produces small-batch editions of single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate, with an emphasis on terroir, heirloom genetics, and cask-aging. To’ak prides itself on being the first tree-to-bar chocolate maker to comprehensively explore the science and the art of aging dark chocolate. To’ak’s mission is to transform the way that the world experiences dark chocolate, elevating its making and tasting onto the level of vintage wine and aged whisky.

  • Known as the most expensive chocolate in the world, To’ak Chocolate was born in 2007 from the minds of Jerry Toth and Carl Schweizer.
  • Made from bean to bar in Ecuador, To’ak Chocolate is sourced exclusively from cacao pods that match the morphological and color profile of heirloom Nacional cacao referenced from DNA testing. This cacao was awarded the Heirloom designation from the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund in 2016.
  • From the exclusive quality of the chocolate to its exquisite packaging, To’ak Chocolate offers the most luxurious craft chocolate experience from purchasing to unwrapping, and finally savoring. In their most iconic chocolate bars, connoisseurs are presented with a precious wooden box, tasting instructions and tools.
  • To’ak has been the continuous recipient of press releases, media exposure and dedicated articles for its bold price tag, always justified by craftsmanship, ethical sourcing, high-quality raw materials, long ageing processes and unparallel packaging.
  • All To’ak Chocolate bars are aged in barrels of whisky, tequila, sherry or bourbon, so that the cocoa nibs can absorb the enchanting aromas of these liquors without the alcohol.
  • To’ak works hand-in-hand with a small group of cacao growers in Piedra de Plata and pays them the highest price per pound in all of Ecuador.

To'ak Signature bars, Mini bars & drinking chocolate are available from stock: lead-time is 1-3 days maximum following the last day of every month. To'ak Origin bars are available on special order basis (order via the price & ordersheet): lead-time is 1-3 weeks. 
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The To'ak range

With the most elegant and luxurious packaging on the chocolate market, the Origin Bars collection by To’ak Chocolate represents the Nirvana for every chocolate connoisseur. Every precious bar is well protected by a sophisticated wooden box, which is enclosed in another colorful, sumptuous box. Included are detailed tasting instructions, information and tools. From the Palo Santo Aged 3 Years bar to the Rain Harvest 2017 bar, every box is a treasure to be discovered.

Origin Harvest
The seasonal flavor and aroma of Ecuador’s most prestigious cacao appellation.

Origin Aged
The world’s most rarefied expression of dark chocolate comes with age.

The Signature bars collection is a slender yet still incredibly sophisticated experience. These are the same chocolate bars from the Signature collection, but with a leaner packaging and a more affordable price tag to engage a broader audience of chocolate lovers.

Signature Harvest
The seasonal flavor and aroma of Ecuador’s most prestigious cacao appellation.

Signature Aged
The world’s most rarefied expression of dark chocolate comes with age.

Sample the full universe of To’ak Chocolate, exploring different harvest years and aging styles with To'ak's mini tasting bars. A perfect gift to give an introduction to the finest Ecuadorian chocolate in the world.

The excellence of To’ak Chocolate can also be enjoyed in the form of hot chocolate thanks to the Drinking Chocolate selection. Under the associated T.Cacao brand, you can still savor the experience of aged chocolate in a luxurious cup. 100% Everyday Cacao, 76% Classic and 80% Tequila are the options currently available in our assortment.

Ordering

  • We have no minimum order for EU customers.
  • Minimum order for non-EU customers is €500,-
  • Ordering goes by case quantity. If there's less stock than the case quantity the system won't allow you to add it to the cart. We can add this for you to your order manually. Just leave a note in the comments or contact us otherwise.
  • You can order via the normal product pages in the webshop or via the Quick Order Form.
  • In My Quick Order you will find items you have previously ordered - even more convenient for repeat purchases!
  • Both the Recommended Retail Price (excl. VAT) as well the wholesale price (excl. VAT) is indicated for each product.

Product types and lead time

We work with a tiered lead-time structure and the lead-time depends on the type of product. We distinguish three types of products in our range;

 Stock productsZotter backorder products (e.g. Hand-Scooped, Squaring the Circle)Special Order products
Brands / productsAmano, Aruntam, Cacaosuyo, Chocolate Tree, Dick Taylor,
Fjåk, Fossa, Fruition, Hogarth, Menakao, MIA, Raaka, Taza,
To'ak and Zotter.
All Zotter hand-scooped bars, all squaring the circle and all product from the Zotter range that are not available online but only via the price & ordersheet.Cuna de Piedra, French Broad, Letterpress, Luisa Abram, Mañoa,
Markham & Fitz, Qantu, Ritual and Solstice.
ProcedureThese we supply from stockThese we do not stock and supply on customer order only.These we do not stock, we collect all orders from our customers during the month and we order it in from the US on the first day of the new month, lead-time is then before the 10th of that month.
For example:
- if you order on Sept 2nd, you will get the product before Oct 10.
- if you order on Sept. 30th, you will also get it before Oct. 10th.
- this applies to every month.
Lead-time1-3 working days1-2 weeks10 days to 40 days

On the Product page ('product data' tab) as well as on the Quick Order Form the type of product and the respective lead-time is indicated.

Orders combining Stock and Special Order Products

If your order consists of product from more than one lead-time category we will normally ship when the order is complete (when the Special Order products have been received). In case the despatch date as a result of that comes to more than two weeks we will contact you to confirm to wait or make a partial delivery.

Shipping

We ship by DHL or PostNL. These usually deliver within 24 hours (within Holland and Belgium). For other countries the lead-time is about 2-3 days. After your order is processed and ready to ship you will receive a notification by email, detailing the scheduled delivery date and a Track & Trace code.

Shipping cost per country

We charge a fixed fee for shipping (figures exclude VAT):
 Zone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6
CountriesBelgium
Germany
the Netherlands
Denmark
France
Luxembourg
Poland
Austria
Czech Republic
Estonia
Finland
Hungary
Latvia
Lithuania
Monaco
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden
Cyprus
Bulgaria
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Malta
Portugal
Spain
CroatiaRest of the world
Shipping costs€7,50€12,50€17,50€22,50€27,50Actual cost
Free order (free shipping)€150,-€250,-€350,-€450,-€550,-none
Minimum order-----€500,-
We can arrange transportation for orders to customers outside the EU, and will provide an estimate of the shipping cost. Alternatively you can arrange shipping & collection yourself. In case you wish to book your own transport, you can indicate this at checkout. In which case we do not charge shipping- or order costs.

We continue shipping throughout the summer!

If the temperature reaches 24ºC, we ship all orders in special insulation packaging with ice-gel-packs. These survive temperatures up to 35 degrees for about 3 days. At no extra cost!
  • Before shipping we check the weather forecast at our location, the destination, and locations along the route (if known).
  • We make sure that the parcels are collected by the carrier as late as possible in the afternoon.
  • In case of warm weather we ship out from Monday-Wednesday depending on the expected transit time. And in order to exclude risk of parcels being stored in a carrier's warehouse over the weekend.
EcoCoolBox: an environmentally friendly insulated packaging The EcoCoolBox which we use for insulated shipping is a unique, completely paper-based and environmentally friendly insulated packaging with an equal or even better insulation performance than EPS (tempex / styrofoam) based solutions. The liners of the boxes are made of fine paper fibres. These fibres have outstanding isulation characteristics, comply to European directives for contact with food products, are 100% recycable, and are made of clean recycled cardboard. What you can do yourself Please insure that the delivery address will not result in the package sitting outdoors for any length of time. The High Five Company is not liable for theft or damage during shipping or upon delivery. We highly suggest shipping where you can receive the package immediately. The High Five Company is not responsible for incorrect shipping addresses or addresses where delivery results in a package remaining in a hot, rainy, or otherwise unsuitable environment. When we pause shipping We pause shipping orders if the ambient temperature is over 35ºC in our and/or your location, in which case will delay such orders. But it is your responsibility to order chocolate to be received at under 35ºC. The High Five Company will not refund or replace melted chocolate. Please note this before ordering! You may request a delay in your shipment until the ambient temperature is below 35ºC at your location by adding a note to your order.

Payment

  • iDeal
  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
  • Bancontact / Mister Cash (Belgium)
  • Invoice - settlement terms 21 days d.o.i.
For new international customers we ask for payment in advance, before the dispatch of the goods. After 3 succesful orders we can switch to payment by invoice (settlement terms 21 days d.o.i.).

Product types and lead time

We work with a tiered lead-time structure and the lead-time depends on the type of product. We distinguish three types of products in our range;

 Stock productsZotter backorder products (e.g. Hand-Scooped, Squaring the Circle)Special Order products
Brands / productsAmano, Aruntam, Cacaosuyo, Chocolate Tree, Dick Taylor,
Fjåk, Fossa, Fruition, Hogarth, Menakao, MIA, Raaka, Taza,
To'ak and Zotter.
All Zotter hand-scooped bars, all squaring the circle and all product from the Zotter range that are not available online but only via the price & ordersheet.Cuna de Piedra, French Broad, Letterpress, Luisa Abram, Mañoa,
Markham & Fitz, Qantu, Ritual and Solstice.
ProcedureThese we supply from stockThese we do not stock and supply on customer order only.These we do not stock, we collect all orders from our customers during the month and we order it in from the US on the first day of the new month, lead-time is then before the 10th of that month.
For example:
- if you order on Sept 2nd, you will get the product before Oct 10.
- if you order on Sept. 30th, you will also get it before Oct. 10th.
- this applies to every month.
Lead-time1-3 working days1-2 weeks10 days to 40 days

On the Product page ('product data' tab) as well as on the Quick Order Form the type of product and the respective lead-time is indicated.

Orders combining Stock and Special Order Products

If your order consists of product from more than one lead-time category we will normally ship when the order is complete (when the Special Order products have been received). In case the despatch date as a result of that comes to more than two weeks we will contact you to confirm to wait or make a partial delivery.

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