Info Details
Country Ecuador   
Type Dark   (85%; nearing Semi-Dark)
Strain Blend   
Source Ecuador   
Flavor Crossover   
Style Rustic      
Skull candy. Huck Finn impaled in the jungle...

(image by Bill Brouard)
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Appearance   4.5 / 5
Color: opaque sienna-purple
Surface: clean imprint; vigorous swirling on back
Temper: make-up quality matte
Snap: cracks slightly brittle; granulated edge, some early onset blooming
Aroma   7.9 / 10
2-pronged attack on the senses: fermented fruits (pineapple, starfruit, banana) mixed w/ ale, overlays cassava, yams, cocoa, coffee, tar & nicotine -> opens to a tiny floral bud submerged in molasses & ishpingo
Mouthfeel   11.2 / 15
Texture: clumps up...
Melt: ... clomps along... disaggregated; semi-astringent
Flavor   32.7 / 50
plops down a huckleberry-vanilla stuck in molasses -> vines rooting around the dirt for black mission fig -> bitter upheaval -> butter quells the insurrection -> ishpingo / cinnamon sprinkled atop soiled plantain -> chonta palm -> gentian -> curare & vanilla-coated aspirin prodominates to endtimes, curing the mouth-ache by stair-stepping thru White Chocolate -> Milk Choc -> green walnut brownie patch -> coffee w/ jasmine & cassia grace notes
Quality   14.1 / 20
In a bit of linguistic jujutsu,‘Kallari supposedly means past, present, & future (or are they just having us?). A bar that suffers from a similar time-space distortion: awkward & confused, every step from the fermentary to the roaster & conche just slightly off-the-mark & out-of-sync, save for drying; hence, overall tastes timid making for easy prey to be boiled out, then smeared in vanilla.

Integration issues too, as the structure pulls apart & away despite being heavily butterized (noticed first in the Appearance & Snap), carrying around a CBS (Cacáo mass / Butter / Sugar ratio) of approximately 2:4:1, which contributes nonetheless to quite a tolerable & acceptable flavor considering its 80% class, with real promise shown in the fruit entrance.

For a flavor of what an 85% or 90% Nacional could be (even if a fading memory), check deB-90.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter, whole vanilla


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