To’ak Sauternes Cask Aged – Harvest 2016 (78%)

Sauternes is a much-beloved dessert wine from Bordeaux. It’s made from a blend of white grapes affected by Botrytis cinereal, producing a delectably sweet wine balanced with golden fruits like peaches and apricots. The chocolate To’ak aged in their Sauternes cask has acquired delicate notes of raisins, ripe plum, and honeyed oak.

Flavor profile:
Nose: Apricots and mossy oak.
Palate: Apricot, raisins, wine cellar, honey.
Finish: Raisins, apricots, touch of wood.

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

Suggested Retail:  55,00

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Ingredients:
78% Cacao beans, cane sugar

Variety:
Heirloom Nacional

Nett weight

50 gram

Cacao contents

78%

Cacao origin

Characteristics

Dairy free, Direct Trade, Gluten free, Vegan

Leadtime/date

Case/Order quantity

1

Mission

In ancient times, chocolate was considered sacred and noble. Then in the industrial era it was commodified and mass-produced. To’ak is working to restore chocolate to its former grandeur and push its boundaries to new horizons. Its mission is to transform the way the world experiences dark chocolate, elevating its making and tasting onto the level of vintage wine and aged whisky.

Source

To’ak sources its chocolate from the extremely rare Ecuadorian cacao variety called “Nacional,” which traces its genetic lineage back at least 5,300 years—to the earliest-known cacao trees domesticated by humanity. In the 19th century, Nacional cacao was considered by many European chocolatiers the most prized cacao in the world. Then in 1916, an outbreak of Witches’ Broom disease decimated Nacional cacao throughoutEcuador. By the dawn of the 21st century, this famed variety was believed to be extinct. In the valley of Piedra de Plata, To’ak found old cacao groves where some of the last survivors continue to grow. These 100-year-old trees have been verified by DNA analysis to be 100% pure Nacional, and have since received the prestigiousHeirloom designation by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund.

Product

To’ak’s chocolate is highly terroir-driven and, in some cases, it is aged like whisky. Each bar is presented in a handcrafted Spanish Elm wood box that has the individual bar number engraved on the back.The box includes proprietary tasting utensils and a 116-page booklet that tells the story of its provenance and provides a guide to dark chocolate tasting. From earth to tree to bean to bar, To’ak chocolate is produced entirely in Ecuador. Editions are strictly limited, typically to as little as 100 bars. To’ak’s flagship edition was aged for four years in a French oak cognac cask and retails for $385 per bar.

Story

To’ak’s co-founder Jerry Toth moved to Ecuador in 2006, where he co-founded a rainforest conservation foundation called Third Millennium Alliance. The forest preserve that Jerry co-founded is located in theEcuadorian province of Manabí, which is to cacao what the French province of Burgundy is to wine. As part of his conservation work, Jerry spent several years cultivating an organic fruit tree orchard that features cacao trees inter-planted with over fifty different species of other tropical fruit trees. Secluded in the middle of the forest, he began making chocolate by hand in a thatched bamboo house without electricity. After years of honing his passion, Jerry linked up with co-founder Carl Schweizer and fourth-generation Ecuadorian cacao grower Servio Pachard. They formed a partnership with fourteen cacao growers in the remote valley of Piedra de Plata, where some of the last-known pure Nacional trees still survive.

Press

To’ak chocolate has been featured in Forbes, L.A. Times, Wine Spectator, Fortune Magazine, TheGuardian, Huffington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TV channels such as BBC, CNBC, CNN, and FOX, and over a hundred other publications across five continents. The Restaurant at Meadowood, one of only 12 restaurants in the U.S. to earn Three Michelin Stars, features To’ak chocolate in its signature desserts.

Social & Environmental Responsibility

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 Ecuador. All wood used in To'ak's packaging is personally replenished through the planting of native hardwood trees by the entire To’ak team in partnership with the Ecuador-based rainforest conservation foundation Third Millennium Alliance. To’ak also donates 1% of its sales to Third Millennium Alliance as part of the global philanthropy movement 1%for the Planet. To’ak is working with local farmers, conservationists, and multiple universities to protect the world's oldest and rarest variety of cacao and nurse it back from the brink of extinction.     Fullscreen Mode

  Contact: James Le Compte ([email protected]) & Dennise Valencia ([email protected]). Please visit https://toakchocolate.com for more information.

Conditions & Terms

Ordering

  • We have no minimum order for EU customers.
  • Minimum order for non-EU customers is €500,-
  • Ordering goes by case quantity.
  • 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 (incl. 9% 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 productsSpecial Order ProductsSpecial 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 To'ak Origin Bars
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 orderthese we do not stock either, 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 9when 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.

Delivery

We ship by DPD. DPD 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 costs

We charge a fixed fee for shipping (figures exclude VAT):

 

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Shipping costs€7,50€12,50€20,-€25,-€30,-Actual cost
Free order (free shipping)€300,-€450,-€750,-€1.000,-€1.250,-none
Minimum ordernonenonenonenonenone€500,-

We do not arrange transportation for orders to customers outside the EU, these need to arrange shipping themselves.

In case you wish to book your own transport, you can indicate this at checkout. We then do not charge shipping- or order costs.

Payment

Domestic (Netherlands):

  • Invoice - settlement terms 21 days d.o.i.

International:

  • In advance, before despatch of the goods.

Late Payment Policy:
We send two reminders, within 1 and 2 weeks after the due date. We apply a 10% late fee for late payments more than 14 days overdue plus any charge involved of collecting service.

Special Order Products

Orders for special-order products cannot be cancelled after the set cut-off date. Upon placing the order a payment obligation exists.

Invoice

The invoice for your order is send by email when the order is processed and shipped.

Prices

  • All suggested retail prices are incl. 9% VAT, all wholesale prices are exclusive of VAT.
  • It is possible to apply 0% VAT for EU customers based outside Holland. Please store your VAT number in the designated area of your account pages, or the checkout page.

Best By Date (BBD)

Attention: the date format on all American packaging is as follows: MM-DD-YY (the month first, opposite to what is custom in Europe).

American artisanal chocolate makers normality give 12 months from date of production. Chocolate which we supply you with has a Best By Date of minimum 4 months.

We discount and clear all product with a shorter Best By Date.

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 productsSpecial Order ProductsSpecial 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 To'ak Origin Bars
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 orderthese we do not stock either, 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 9when 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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