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Country Belgium   
Type Semi-Dark   (72% w/ Nibs)
Strain CCN-51   
Source Ecuador   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Industrial      
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A septic tank. This bean had its genes pulled down, then cavity-searched ala 'un dégoûtant plaisir personnel'. If your mother did this to you, you'd slap her good.
Appearance   2.8 / 5
Color: gunsmoke grey & brown
Surface: concaved & damaged
Temper: dull, smudged, waxen fudge
Snap: craven; crumpled & cobbled break line
Aroma   3.4 / 10
cake mix turned to stone & cheese (some kind of Tomme fromage) -> herbs & forest greens lounging underneath generate faint florals trying to crack thru the cement -> green walnut brownie -> burns off coffee
Mouthfeel   8.2 / 15
Texture: hard gravel
Melt: unnerving macro-crunch
Flavor   13.7 / 50
a firing-squad that shoots blanks: raw bean / stone mixture -> caramelized Nibs spray shrapnel of so many lead pellets, bringing neither fabric softener (to be expected) nor flavor-enhancer (quite unexpected)... just some sugared metal to the bar -> cocoa waste by-product -> gentian root, fern leaves, & camacho plant
Quality   4.2 / 20
Poor execution. Everything that could go wrong does. Pours CCN-51(Concrete Cement Nacional-51) straight from a dump truck stamped with ‘Ecuador’ on it. Perhaps a new low for this dumb clone.

Whereas Marcolini’s 70% Éclat delivers, this, despite a 2% upshot in cacáo-content, just devolves... downward. A miniscule offering hardly worth the waste to expound on, as if Marcolini simply gave up without exclamation.


ING: cocoa mass, sugar, nibs (9.5%), cacáo butter, soy lecithin, vanilla

Reviewed Autumn 2009

  

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