Cranberry Mandarin

by Sir Hans Sloane
Info Details
Country UK   
Type Flavored   (Milk Chocolate 42%)
Strain Blend   (residual Nacional / Criollo)
Source (Ecuador/Venezuela)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
Citrus zigs... chocolate zags... divides the light then re-unites the various threads to align in some drunk oral sex
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: dark scarlet brown
Surface: clean bi-level mold imprinted w/ cacáo petals; dried cranberries perforate the back
Temper: polished semisweet quality
Snap: purse snap; solid edge
Aroma   7.9 / 10
box-cutter sharp orange mandarin slicing thru sweetened cranberry; cacáo a bystander
Mouthfeel   11.8 / 15
Texture: gum; powder
Melt: fits 'n starts
Flavor   47.2 / 50
zing-zang orange all over it -> cranberry compounds citrus for an acid bomb -> citric exciter invaginates chocolate to a pound cake -> treacle & molasses -> fig reduction -> port sherry
Quality   19 / 20
Delivers innocence then hi-luxe maturity in a hurry. Combo of crisp with weight; structurally sound as fruit acids nicely surround the tannins putting charisma & outstanding complimentary principles on display. They arrive on the senses incomparably fresh, as if each component tailored to individual taste-buds before pairings galvanize, attenuated by a bean selection with enough girth to withstand the opening citric point load & enough stamina to outlast it (rare scale for a Milk Choc). So by the finish all elements serve each other into that crowning port sherry, complete with persistent vapors.

The gestalt: sherry-soaked fruit-cake.

ING: cacáo butter, whole milk powder, sugar, cocoa mass, soy lecithin, dried cranberry, mandarin oil, lemon oil, salt

Reviewed Winter 2009-10


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