After you've read through the facts as I've been able to gather them, you may wish to take a look at some of the chocolates I've reviewed here to assess their value to you.
Over time, I have simplified these reviews. Partly this is because I used to grade them, and when I joined a chocolate business (which I'm no longer part of), I removed these grades since they would look fabricated with my company's chocolate getting the best grade. Please remember, I initially did all this research for myself so I could find the chocolate I wanted to be involved with. I'm sharing that information in case it can help you, and today I no longer have the bias of belonging to one company, though I still make some affiliate sales to certain high-end chocolates.
Taste is of course a subjective thing, so it doesn't come into play with these reviews (though I may comment on this in my "Bottom Line" section, where I mention opinions). And at the end of the day, I'm keeping it pretty simple: any organic, fair trade, raw chocolate not using refined sugars would get my highest possible grade. It would get bonus points if I knew it used criollo beans.
All this is said to help you know where I'm coming from and why the reviews are structured as they are. I hope they offer you some assistance.