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by Alter Eco
Info Details
Country USA   (via Switzerland)
Type Dark   (73% w/ Nibs; borders Semi-Dark)
Strain Beniano   (+ possible Scavina)
Source Bolivia   (+ Peru)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Rustic      
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A blend that could pass for a pure-play but with a contrasting quarrelsome texture to make it all jump street in the same way fingernails playing around the erogenous zones can stimulate arousal.
Appearance   3.6 / 5
Color: rusted pewter
Surface: + Peru
Temper: fuzzy lackluster
Snap: ear-splitting; exposed red iron-oxide nibs along the edge
Aroma   7.6 / 10
small guava flower caught in a cobweb of maca & lucuma twining around an evergreen
Mouthfeel   12.8 / 15
Texture: crunch mutiny
Melt: quarrelsome riot
Flavor   47.3 / 50
chocolate suspended in spectacular plum brandy -> candies off to sugar plum blossoms -> groundswell as nibs work thru the network producing super red currants threading a supple baseline chocolate running the entire length -> more petals, orchids... hibiscus + orange blossoms -> brazil nuts & cocoa grains in a flower cache finish it up
Quality   18.7 / 20
Those red-colored nibs might as well be crushed dried currants... they’re that sweetly fruited. Probably some Scavina hot-shots in this mix, bringing their own floral spray to match, for a blend so seamless it tastes single-origin, nearly single bean.

Optimally fermented, thoroughly dried (none of the dirty work from Costa Rica found in Alter-Eco’s Black sludge pack) then suitably processed. This bar just blows out & annihilates the C-spot™.

ING: cocoa mass (Bolivia / Peru), sugar (Phillipines), cacáo butter (Bolivia / Dom Rep), nibs (Bolivia); CBS ~1:2:1

  

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