Perfectly good & unexciting... like a Mercedes. Operates from strength to strength - all elements registered in a kind of equalized uniformity with no real high or lows.
Appearance 5 / 5
|Color:||burnt sepia: darkest brown (especially for Madagascar & 72% class), shaded w/ purple (sign of hot-button processor)|
|Surface:||gorgeous mandala-pod mold; slight bubbling|
|Snap:||a rifle; sharper than most Mads|
Aroma 9.1 / 10
cut diesel... well-defined & stratified: fruit-spice cloud (white grape / pineapple / tangerine + clove) under-girded by tobacco, schisandra, & birch; darker, more alcoholic on the break; very little chocolate
Mouthfeel 12.8 / 15
|Texture:||churns smooth & cool to a near ganache formulation|
|Melt:||effortless & steady (hallmark of good conching) if a little urgent|
Flavor 41.8 / 50
rapid chocolate out of the gate turns immediate nut bitter matched w/ clove then yellow-white fruit explodes; flavors stay stacked in parallel sequencing, long & strong until calm mocha-gin chocolate ending w/ burnt aftermath
Quality 15.6 / 20
Temperate, almost dispassionate, as if working off a set of precise formulas based in principles & equations... the bitter, the acid, the butter, the chocolate... all in an even stream. (CAVEAT: this bar occasionally goes missing some hallmark Mad notes - quartz & other kimberlite sister-minerals + higher mango/citrus from PH soil [could be rainy season harvest dried over heat/fire]).