Dominican Republic / Papua New Guinea

by Soma
Info Details
Country Canada   
Type Dark   (very Dark; 70%; Batch #9DO2)
Strain Blend   
Source (Dominican Republic; Papua New Guinea)
Flavor Earthen   (predominately)
Style New School      
A novelty blend: 2 tropical islands tied together from opposite ends of the planet. One just north of the equator in the Caribbean Sea on the Atlantic; the other just south in the Coral Sea of the Pacific. But both grow a crop that sources a fair amount of Venezuela cacáo, making them sort of astral twins.

And, oddly, together they forge vast tundra of flavor that dredges up Robbe-Grillet, that originator of the "new novel”: disjointed on the surface but welded in the subplots as a cubist painting.

In Robbe-Grillet’s The Erasers, based on Oedipus from ancient Greece, a detective investigates a murder that has yet to happen, only to uncover he’s fated to become the assassin.

This bar, too, is a killer... unto itself... with a Count Chocula draw on it.
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: coral brown tinted pink ‘n rouge
Surface: beautiful brush-strokes; airholes at the corners of the mold
Temper: major plastic wrapper transfer in & around a heavily dense & flat veneer
Snap: bit spongy; tremendously consistent edge wall though
Aroma   8 / 10
black cherry plumes & blossoms on drifts of cocoa dust -> tobacco smoke & frankincense trails -> settles to soursop + tart apples -> hammy at the bottom (jambone w/ some bacon fat) -> butter vulcanizes to rubber
Mouthfeel   13.8 / 15
Texture: a little sticky; once unglued... rich round butter cream of inexorable expansion... this for the mouth the same as a charga beetle sting is to the heart - causes it to enlarge until death occurs... no known cure
Melt: thick / not quik in sync w/ Flavor
Flavor   43.1 / 50
fleet caramel weighed down immediately by crushing molasses & licorice -> sweet black cherry... & it all darkens evermore from there (wattleseed, black mulberry, tar ‘n nicotine as well as asphalt tar, mocha) -> smoked ham & rubber on the grill -> bar-b-q sauce laced w/ granadilla, thickened w/ avocado -> late greased-cocoa -> licorice down the hatch w/ palm fronds & green shank
Quality   16.4 / 20
Unplumbed; vampiracally sucking the juices out blackstrap sap & syrup. Only those momentary acids on granadilla prevent this from total claustrophia. Even the black cherry, though sweet, feels densely extracted. Dark shades of Valrhona Araguani but heavier... or of that other Count Chocula – El Rey’s Macuro but with none of Venzy’s resident finery. That’s just how black this is.

In some ways a straight composite of Soma’s bars that comprise this dual-origin blend -- anatomized as DR (shorn for the most part of its acidity & left brooding with a small vent of fruit) & PNG (smoked sap) -- simply layered, their joint difference however being the compression at the bottom end of the spectrum to bring this low; all those deep-seated viscous notes (almost to the point of listless) melded together in Soma’s firm-handed roast.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter

Reviewed Spring 2010


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