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Country Venezuela   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%)
Strain Rio Caribe   
Source Venezuela   
Flavor Crossover   
Style Old School      
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Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Count Chocula dressed in light drag... a trend-sexual replete with glory hole for the onboard wack stack
Appearance   2.8 / 5
haste makes waste
Color: greying dark brown (roasted butter)
Surface:
Temper: flat
Snap: underprivileged / shushed; ragged edge (Tempering & Conching the 2 steps El Rey intentionally overlooks)
Aroma   9.4 / 10
rich & deep penetrating chocolate of super abundance just blows the wrapper, accented in spices (vanilla, cardamom, & mint) & ceiba wood chips; you’ll be licking your nose for a taste of this scent
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: rubber latex
Melt: staged foreplay & staggered reach around
Flavor   48.2 / 50
uncocks a sweet vanilla-cream chocolate -> cool menthol from the aromatics rubs warmer toward eucalyptus -> breadfruit opens to chestnut & almond -> serene chocolate bang, dappled in soft papaya -> commingles atop that chestnut, mainlining like this for days... this bar’s sweetspot... until it melts away... cocoa butter
Quality   19.1 / 20
A gorgeous vintage; among the sweetest 70%s around (the combination of genetics + added sugar). El Rey, never one to fuss too much when it comes to refining (unlike the French - Cluizel & Valrhona the prime examples), just sticks the basics in romancing this bean: a well husbanded crop of sound ferment & clean drying techniques put thru a hot fired roast (which burns off & mitigates a good portion of the fruit acids in this varietal, in contrast to Domori), then balmed in high butter content, & perhaps a point or two of excess sugar (contributing to that cold beginning but at least avoids venturing into that all-too-common coffee territory of Rio Caribe, thereby substantially reducing its customary dark tones instantiated by Paria’s version).

The net result hits the right ratios & macs it – butter the main component really carries then fixes the flavor. A great bar of rooted Old World character & gentle macho strength / swagger. ING: cocoa liquor, sugar, cacáo butter, soy lecithin, vanilla; CBS ~2:3:2

  

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