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Country Venezuela   
Type Semi-Dark   (60.5%)
Strain Rio Caribe   
Source Venezuela   
Flavor Naked   (mainly)
Style Rustic      
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Chocolate sugar-bomp
Appearance   3.9 / 5
Color: burnt umber, quite dark for semisweet range
Surface: smudge pot w/ grease spatter
Temper: uneven (in keeping w/ Surface), from flat to oily sheen
Snap: about right... crisp low pitch; clean edge
Aroma   8.8 / 10
chocolate caramel gets airborne before the wrapper comes off -> heavy sugar ‘n light spice (cinnamon & vanilla borrowed from the caramel) -> wood chips of its 70% sib ground into coffee & tea twigs
Mouthfeel   10.6 / 15
Texture: firm & pinguid
Melt: clumps in stages
Flavor   45.2 / 50
picks right up at the aroma: chocolate caramel w/ cream tones -> mulberry & fresh fig around dried papya its super sweetspot -> sugar dissipates to breadfruit -> plantain -> mentholates eucalyptus chocolate -> distant bitter brings home black-tea brownie
Quality   18.1 / 20
No denying this vintage & varietal. El Rey got their hands on a good one. True, this bar is gushy sweet & overly vanilla-ized but Rio Caribe wears the make-up well, packing a fair whallop while mightily cutting thru the high sugar load, doubly so considering cocoa mass accounts for only 20% of the total. As with Macuro, a premium has been placed on bean selection & roast calibration.

ING: cocoa liquor, sugar, cacáo butter, soy lecithin, vanilla; CBS 1:2:2

  

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