Info Details
Country USA   
Type Milk Chocolate   (30%; Lot No. 3/4/70)
Strain Amazon   
Source Indonesia   (Bali)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Neo-Modern      
Melts in your mind; ethereal meditation material show more »
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: deep roseate brown
Surface: Amano’s cleanest to date
Temper: soft sheen
Snap: tinty glockenspiel; airholes all over the break-wall like so many cave dwellers’ openings
Aroma   7.8 / 10
banyan wood petrifies into stone wrapped in rubber vinyl preserved in parrafin -> smoked Gouda (remnants of cacáo’s Dutch origins in Bali) over nut-inflected long-grainbrown rice; rare but closed
Mouthfeel   14 / 15
Texture: flotation device (no trace evidence of powder in Amano’s Ocumare Milk)
Melt: bouyant
Flavor   47.3 / 50
linden-honey & lemon leaves steeped in a cream pond -> virtually alights to silverberry -> melts thru to caramelized banyan root (strangler fig offshoots) -> tantalizer tamarind, the drop of amrita nectar flickering on a single blade of kusha grass -> vanilla sassafras
Quality   19.2 / 20
Special qualities. Loaded with transport. Simple, serene, & sensational in a devoutly quiet way.

Lives up to the promise of its Dark-side brethren by pulling off the tour de horizon & actually delivering that essence of the Western image of Bali cultivated by anthrologists (RE: academic tourists): "an enchanted land of aesthetes at peace with themselves & nature". And while the Snap breaks a bit limp, the final taste hits the silent gong & wow-flutter bong... filled with Milk ‘n Honey. At less than $10, this bar is way too cheap for take-out flown-in direct from Bali.

Amano's technique is first-rate here. Seamless integration & hi-grade compatibility make it possible, check that, likely to lose track that it's a Milk Chocolate... dairy's axis on cacáo confers both light & lightness, the latter almost unprecedented for standard weight Milk Choc & even somewhat rare compared to Dark-Milks. Sumptuous conche adds to a beatifully warm roast that compliments a probable fire-dried bean. Cacáo butter then gorgeously fixes the flavor to near stasis & suspension, demonstrating once more why Milk Chocolate belongs in the fold; how it can show, when done well, a varietal’s best side, smoothing over some rough edges if need be, while still revealing cacáo’s inner core.

It has been said all sinners have a future & all saints a past. Amano has found its bean in Bali & in Milk Chocolate this bean has found its format.

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

Reviewed 5/22/09


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