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Country USA   (Orem, UT)
Type Milk Chocolate   (30%; Lot No. 3/4/71)
Strain Ocumare   (some Criollo)
Source Venezuela   (Aragua; Ocumare de la Costa Valley)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Retro-American      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
In the Great Chain of Being where angels float above humanity (because they take themselves so lightly, says G.K. Chesterton) & God hovers over all, Amano’s Montanya is basically the bucking bronco to this the more laid-back, bareback-ride down the mountain to the lower Ocumare Valley on a... unicorn.... puffing a steam of powdered cream thru its horn while having an abortion.

If you neither believe in fantasies & mystical creatures, nor care about the unborn, then just thank God you’re an atheist.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
got the look... of serious MC
Color: warm golden brown flecked in red; fairly dark by Milk standards
Surface: smudge plate front; soft brushed & swirled back; tiny pinpricks & divots throughout (time for a new vibration table?)
Temper: vulcanized rubber sheen
Snap: little closed but clean w/ none of the usual Milk crumble; nicely sanded edge wall
Aroma   8.1 / 10
tang cream, almost a tangerine dreamsicle, on the headnote except for smoked Gouda cheese underneath -> rare magic oregano leaf -> dust ‘n dirt trails lead to bluestone & methylbenzene
Mouthfeel   9.3 / 15
Texture: powderful & rigid
Melt: verklumpt; has the same effect as a knitting circle comparing notes on breast-feeding
Flavor   38.6 / 50
powers up instant karamel -> turgid molasses-toffee swell w/ pepper -> hits the skids, turns a little rupicolous, then abruptly runs bland & sweet, trying to sort out & work thru Textural issues -> returns briefly as rosewood knots up a cherry stem & stone -> cream blank -> faint Oreo™ foregrounding cookie dough -> vanilla egg cream, no yolk... pilot ejects
Quality   14.2 / 20
Mission aborted. Beginner’s luck, all of it bad, the first Milk Choc release from a label which up to now concentrated on Darks in the 70% range. One of the most erratic MCs around that crosses-over radically.

A power-block / sensational start – deep throated & big boss with huge CQ Factor (Chocolate Quotient) if only momentarily - just creams out on a premature evacuation, borderline cloying, creating a staggered intensity going from way high to real low that does, however, catch a 2nd wind in a kind of post-firing, thanks to a strong roast. Very layered & segregated, with only an incomplete overlap of elements in sedimentary deposits laid out, for the most part, horizontally – no simple feat. Amano’s trademark gentle conche betrays the components, causing Texture to miscarry this pupa, never letting them fully mix & play until the art of chewing is thru.

The beauty of new era craft-chocolate is getting paid for learning from one’s own mistakes or, as Oscar Wilde said, experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

ING: cocoa mass, cane sugar, cacáo butter, whole milk pwdr, whole vanilla

Reviewed 5/23/09

  

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