FLAVOR PROFILE: Volcanic; compensates for lack of mass & structure with bold tone & warm acidity that crosses over Earthen (coffee, cocoa, woods like balsam, white cedar / pitch pine, sometimes eucalyptus) & whiter shades of Fruit (lemon / lime, quince, white grape / currant, sapote, banana), + Spices & Herbs (nutmeg, naturally, + cinnamon, clove, ginger, pimento, & vanilla).
The “Spice Isle” displaying nutmeg on its flag was once home to the Caribs (from whom we derive ‘Caribbean’) who leapt off cliffs to their deaths rather than face French colonial purges that settled the island for sugar cane production. Today very little French influence resides among the people of mainly African descent. Grenada began cacáo cultivation in the mid-19th century; grown in volcanic-rich soil, distinct & unique, but prone to cacáo’s worst friend in the Caribbean islands – hurricanes. After a half century of calm winds & waters, both Ivan (2004) & Emily (2005) hit hard, causing major crop damage, though its trees have recovered with remarkable speed.