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Dark Milk

by Cotton Tree
Info Details
Country Belize   
Type Dark-Milk   (55%)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Belize   (Toledo)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Rustic      
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During that first winter when freed slaves from the deep South migrated to northen cities in the USA, did they really wonder upon seeing snowflakes whether the skies were raining cotton like manna from heaven?

In the reverse-fantasy, this Cotton Tree grows cotton candy. Rare among the annals of Dark-Milk: tickled pink from the eye, to the nose, & the throat.

Sometimes dreams come true.
Appearance   3.6 / 5
Color: more Bermuda than Belize: pink-tinted brown
Surface: smooth backside but front impression scuffed + airvents
Temper: marred / uneven (plastic wrapper transfer)
Snap: hollow
Aroma   9.4 / 10
so torched it might still be roasting: milked fudge, deep & dense, cut by splintering sapodilla & rosewoods -> sweet cotton candy the underside
Mouthfeel   11 / 15
Texture: powderful mudslide
Melt: erosion
Flavor   46.7 / 50
cocoa plunges down & goes for the throat -> papaya -> cotton candy -> vanilla heralds milk caramel tracers making cotton candy sticky -> chicle -> marshmallow -> squash -> charred Oreo FXs -> sapodilla berries (backcross to papaya) -> candied pinepapple in the deep shaft
Quality   18.2 / 20
Lots of the fruit values found in its straight 70% relative washes away in the milk but none of the randomizing there occurs during the progression here as milk smooths the contour while cacáo, with hefty support from nearby sapodilla wood probably employed for ferment boxes (which grows a berry that possesses resident cotton candy / caramel notes), cuts thru with enough fruit factors to spare.

The effect: darkly exhilarating yet light too in the way a sunshower simultaneously rains & shines. This bar, then, the pot of gold in its pinkened brown glory at the end of that fired-up rainbow.

Texture feels home-brewed, even crude; charred bits toward the finish show an uneven roast in the oven... the anamolies in keeping with overall approach & deep grassroots flavor... welcome to the jungle.

Let’s hope Cotton Tree Lodge protects its small stand of trees from ubiquitous hybrids of anonymous heritage that have diluted the Toledo Valley stock for decades.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter, milk, & vanilla

Reviewed Autumn 2009

  

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