by Sir Hans Sloane
Info Details
Country UK   
Type Flavored   (Dark - 64%)
Strain Blend   (residual Nacional / Criollo)
Source (Ecuador/Venezuela)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Classic      
The beauty of American football encompasses violent finesse. Hogs & grunts battle to the death in the trenches up front while the skilled positions – defensive corners & the safety or offensive receivers – dance with cat-like grace on the periphery as the Commander-in-Chief of all sports – the QB – directs the action. From that ultra-flex slot of the Mad Bomber (Daryl Lamonica) to the runaway bandit (Michael Vick) & the gifted rock star (Joe Namath) or the gunslinging frontier hick (Brett Favre).

Plus, the game unloads the ultimate athletic orgasm: the Touchdown in the End Zone.

No wonder religious fundamentalists bet on it every Sunday right after their rapturous dispensational pre-millennialism ceremonies. And naturally every team wants to draft Jesus for head coach (especially since He apparently vacated the post at Notre-Dame) seeing how His playbook comes replete with the power of miracles, including more variations than a Bach canon on the ‘Hail Mary Pass’ that, in His case, always succeeds.

This bar goes the distance, takes it to the house to Chris Berman booming “he... could... go... all... the... way...”

Mint violence / chocolate finesse. Think Elway; AFC Championship; “The Drive” (save for diehard Browns’ fans; even Cleveland Benedictine’s Tom Jackson, a former Bronco, must’ve shed a tear deep in his inner heart over that one).
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: Green (Bay Packer) against (Cleveland) Brown
Surface: sensitive stud carrying cacáo flowers on the face side; pocked out back in mint
Temper: little rough
Snap: growling crunch; sharp edge
Aroma   8.3 / 10
medicinal mint, vanilla, & a tobaccocoa blunt from the bleacher section -> smokes up vegetal (grilled herbs) in the parking lot
Mouthfeel   11.5 / 15
Texture: micro-crisp inside otherwise thick & seized muscle
Melt: jukes around
Flavor   45.6 / 50
chocolate the lead block -> opens mint, gets to the edge, cuts back into the fold -> fresh molé sauce brushed in molasses, fig purée, & black tea -> huddles up tight, stays like this & runs for days... until it hits the goal line
Quality   18.8 / 20
No Junior Varsity or cheerleading Girl Scout™ cookies here. Skills abound; Bill McCarrick of SHS is all-pro.

The ever-lurking danger for flavored bars lies in most chocolatiers’ blind spot, unaware just how powerful but fragile cacáo really is, that mere fractions can kill it (vanilla, for instance, in excess of one-half of 1% becomes risky).

Proportions here nearly ideal & SHS judicious in its bean selection. That strong foundational chocolate effectively counters volatile mint, doubly so considering a 64% – cacáo’s tannins surrounding & covering it to keep grounded in a ‘cool heat’ - buttressed by salt generating added stamina, then unified thru vanilla.

Other than Texture (SHS conches to the point of working against itself into a viscous crawl), a bar exhibiting precise coordination & execution.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter, soy lecithin; vanilla, crystallized peppermint (sugar, peppermint), peppermint oil, salt

Reviewed Winter 2009-10


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