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Dancing in Your Head

by Soma
Info Details
Country Canada   
Type Dark   (70%; Batch BL4)
Strain Blend   (Amazon; Criollo; Carenero; Ocumare)
Source (Ghana; Madagascar; Venezuela)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Neo-Modern      
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med
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CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
“Are we human / or are we dancer?” asks The Killers.

Soma answers... with this slow-number belly dancer... heavier than doing the perreo on the floor after smoking a kilo.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: medium dark brown cast in cool violet
Surface: soft brush
Temper: matte
Snap: heavy basso; cliffs of Dover on the edge-wall
Aroma   9.1 / 10
regal & reserved: light wood-inflected chocolate (white cedar, cascarilla) around concentrated fruit center (peachy & litchi w/ a beautiful headnote of perfumed woodruff blossom & ylang) -> aerates into mingled herbs/spices (slight vetiver, bay laurel)
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: sizable; takes its lumps & clumps in massive doses
Melt: staggered / ponderous
Flavor   44.6 / 50
caramellow rolls into grapefruit mist then langsat sprays -> chocolate w/ background mushrooms (pixie rings of mycelia fungal threads getting down & dirty on grass) & spices (cardamom, clove & cinnamon) -> stone-ground cocoa w/ gotu kola nuts, sassafras, vanilla, & mace -> walnut brownie (slightly ashen) + choc frosting -> clears away w/ sorrel & dandelion greens
Quality   17 / 20
Good blueprint of a blend; well-constructed if a bit too sequential rather than seamlessly integrated, as well as overly-articulated on the Carenero. Could’ve favored a little more Madagascar upfront & Ocumare (detected toward the brownie ending) for wider range.

Once past that stripped Madagascar fruit-tease, the length grows progressively thicker, heavier, & dimmer as Venzy takes over the profile (mostly in the guise of spice-racked Carenero that feels artificially-flavored ala Soma’s Dark Fire).

Leave it up to Ghana then to provide the chocolate base that miters it all together.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter

Reviewed Autumn 2009

  

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