A Preston born company, established in 1920, Beech's Fine Chocolates is a British brand that uses only natural ingredients, is 100% gluten free, and works with eco-friendly suppliers.
They make a variety of products, from chocolate coated Brazils to after dinner treats. Just recently they have introduced their first ever bars. Nicely presented, these 60g bars retail at £1.50 each. Beech's offer six flavours, of which I have sampled four.
First is their 30% milk, which is quite sweet, but rich in depth at the same time. Their Anglesey Sea Salt is not the best salted chocolate I have tasted before, perhaps because it does not have any additional caramel notes. The salt is still a bit grainy; this adds a nice texture and makes the flavour more prominent.
The white bar was probably my favourite from the selection. Strangely enough, I did not find it as sweet as the milk chocolate. I think this is because of the strong notes of vanilla, which shone through beautifully.
At 55% cocoa solids, the dark chocolate bar suits those who do not like the bitterness of higher percentage bars. It is rich, but still quite sweet.