Info Details
Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (64%)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Dominican Republic   
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
Valrhona, ever the ethnobotantists, presumably named this after the Taino people of Hispaniola whom Columbus encountered on his 1st voyage, describing them as gentle & generous, with the sweetest voices & laughter in all the world. Which must’ve just made easier prey for the Spanish who worked many to death in gold mines & sugar cane fields while others elected to commit suicide, some leaping off cliffs, rather than face colonial rule.

This bar is no death spiral though; it jumps with bittersweet pride.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: huge rouge factor; scarlet brown
Surface: sleek & smooth
Temper: opaque linoleum
Snap: crisp & high-pitched for a 64%, attributable more to the thin pour than to any poor temper
Aroma   8.4 / 10
tobacco citrus... cigar leaf dripping tropical juice & cilantro -> wood underneath; shades of Vestri’s Naturale
Mouthfeel   12.7 / 15
Texture: lightweight frame
Melt: fast flow; & practically too hyper smooth to get a tongue-hold
Flavor   42.2 / 50
sugar bends down into deep chocolate -> mango to brief citric black currant -> unexpected cream-tone takes over the length -> banana chestnut -> mamon -> batata (sweet potato) -> cocoa apricot -> light tobacco leaf puffs up the only real apparition of a bitter in the after-throat
Quality   17.9 / 20
Acidity in the aromatics fully sublimated by sugar that generates a radical shift into sweet white & yellow fruits while maintaining Valrhona's hallmarks of balance & control. True to form, an assiduous bean selection even as this bar continues the company’s move slightly away from stronger ferments producing those Twang effects on which it made its name, & more toward the lower frequencies.

ING: cocoa beans, sugar, cacáo butter, soy lecithin, vanilla


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