Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%)
Strain Blend   
Source Dominican Republic   (Alta Gracia)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
Chiaroscuro woodcut as a visual study in chocolate
Appearance   4.9 / 5
Color: copper brown w/ purple cast
Surface: nearly ideal face; designer swale on the flipside
Temper: powdered matte front; semi-gloss back
Snap: tight & lyrical; finely granulated break
Aroma   8.7 / 10
shades of Massa Pura: very clean & lean cocoa woods & oxidized tobacco leaf -> melonic convergence w/ coffee & strawberry-rose; parmesan on the rubdown
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: medium weight w/ pockets of fat
Melt: uneven but well-paced tempo
Flavor   47.4 / 50
delicately infused chocolate from the underside of the aromatics, especially strawberry -> mamey sapote (its sweet yam components) churn cacáo butter... progression momentarily empties to a stall -> melon for days (kiwano [horned melon] & melocoton [cassabanana]) -> recessed vanilla comes fore -> gentle green cigar leaf for hazy bitterness -> reference-point chocolate-glory w/ a strawberry linger
Quality   18.8 / 20
Painterly. Really plays with the light while staying in its lane. The degree to which foreboding aromatics (particularly coffee) hardly end up foreshadowing the flavor set Vestri apart from most bar-smiths. Pervading darkness - from nocturnal chocolate to vanilla & tobacco - invested in the candlelight of sugar, softened thru butter, that does hollow some in the mid-palate only to straighten back up for a sensory finish.

And that’s just a crude sketch of the details making Vestri a variation on Caravaggio in subtle chocolate.

Still Life with Fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1601-05

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter, vanilla, soya lecithin

Reviewed Summer 2009


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