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Country USA   
Type Nibs   
Strain Hybrid   (some Criollo)
Source Madagascar   (Sambirano Valley)
Flavor Earthen   
Style Classic      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
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Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: 64 shades of brown from red brick & rust to burnt umber & shoe polish
Surface: mulch thru the wood-chipper (for fans of the film Fargo)
Temper: bone-dry
Snap: n/a
Aroma   9.3 / 10
a CQ factory (high pure Chocolate Quotient) just banging off the charts: huge cocoa cloud (Maillard Reactions gamboling all over the nose) -> malted grape-nuts on the 2nd inhale -> on the 3rd all-nuts (pecan, almond, & hazlenut)
Mouthfeel   11.2 / 15
Texture: grit (the teeth)
Melt: fractious
Flavor   44.5 / 50
cold quartz crystal -> clay top & subsoil -> evasive nuts -> everclear acid -> pure slight sour -> pine nut ‘n juniper combo the 1st real definition -> unusual wheatberry -> turns green for the worse (grape & mango skins w/ cycad leaf) -> wriggles away on ground worms -> latent cocoa spot -> aftermath all pecan-hazelnut until a weird peyote gel in the deep shaft
Quality   17.9 / 20
Aromatics showed its hand. Goes for the roast, perhaps a degree or two beyond best definition, though well shy of burnt bitterness even if lacking the traditional Madagascar elements found in Tcho’s nib pack.

Almost tastes as much from islands off the other coast of Africa – specifically Claudio Corallo’s beans on Principe Island in the Atlantic.

The contour here still intact, however, to call up those unusually peculiar moments that make these Nibs worth it.

As ever with Patric, laboriously winnowed for a rather clean batch (some husk dust can be detected, to be expected with nibs).

ING: cocoa nibs

Reviewed Summer 2010

  

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