Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (almost Brut; 82%)
Strain Carenero   (Criollo/Trinitario Hybrid)
Source Venezuela   
Flavor Naked   
Style Classic      
Bitter good
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: vermillion
Surface: marred
Temper: hi-luster dulled by plastic wrapper transfer
Snap: tin crackling; finely-sanded edge
Aroma   8.7 / 10
domineering caramel (a Carenero tip-off) accentuated by vanilla over honeyed butter, plantain, & chocolate -> minor dissonance from cassava -> eventually opens up to papaya & persimmon
Mouthfeel   14.1 / 15
Texture: not big but heavy bodied
Melt: classic relaxed languishing flow to the rendez-vous
Flavor   45.6 / 50
chocolate caramel sauce slathers in thick & heavy -> a solid bitter hit swirling about coffee fudge -> quiver of dried fruits culled from the aroma muted by ever-rising bitters -> small groundswell... soil, bark, & forest mushroom -> cone of bitter-almond chocolate funnels down to the end; dried papaya the aft-FX
Quality   15.9 / 20
Enormous balance between chocolate & bitterness, the tension & drama refereed fairly by sugar without a percentage point wasted in either direction. The evident roast, however, tips the scale over by a few degrees (& burns the fruit off), ditto the conche (felt nicely in the texture at the expense of acidity), which help account for its hi-bitter/lo-acid distribution... the atypical Carenero that maintains its poise all the same - especially for an 82% - thru characteristic underlying-chocolate in this case coming to the fore, becoming all-pervasive, instead of hiding underneath in its usual stance - the saving grace in a stroke of possible dumb luck.

ING: cacáo, sugar, vanilla, lecithin


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