Info Details
Country USA   
Type Nibs   
Strain Ocumare   
Source Venezuela   
Flavor Naked   
Style Mainstream      
‘Ocupuncture’... healing Nibs. A recent study points up that acupuncture works better than standard treatments to relieve pain, & the benefits remain the same even when patients are merely prodded with toothpicks (practitioners apparently have been wasting too much money on needles). To prove the placebo effects, try poking & needling the tongue with these Nibs instead. Swear it: they work wonders & perform medical miracles.
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: russet brown, characteristic pigment that gives Ocumare bars their blush
Surface: pimped & preened (for Nibs, that is... i.e., clean)
Temper: microscopic fuzz
Snap: n/a
Aroma   8 / 10
fits the ‘61’ profile: light & wispy citrus greens (soncoya, peaches, pepino melon, pink grapefruit) -> rawhide leather (pre tanning), hoof included (stepping on the Sugar Honey Ice Tea) -> hard araguany wood
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: mild resistence yields medium crunch
Melt: mealy
Flavor   47.8 / 50
taps in a good cigar leaf as if from D.R. or Cuba -> gentle rocking cocoa -> pecans -> Impressionist citrus (super light soncoya / evanescent verbena-like) -> nut ‘n fruit stream for days in a kind of rocket herb until very recessed background-bitter, attendant w/ wooded incarnation, cuts latent hazelnuts & peat -> chews up grains (wheat germ & brown rice) -> ends where it began... reflates green leaf but now in the guises of sorrel & silage w/ witch-hazel (slightly stringent & fermented); Marcona almond aftermath
Quality   19.5 / 20
Stunned alive. Nibs are the stems cells of chocolate. Most test the strength & stamina in a medicinal way of how much the tongue can take. Not these. Preternaturally kind, delicately invincible, & only a minor shred of bitterness; Ocumare proves its worth & reputation as a benign chocolate perennial. And Amano performs a roast to match, resisting the urge to apply a “maker’s mark”: burn these just an eyelash too hot & there’s nothing left since nothing’s gratuitous about this varietal.

The citric bump seen in the label’s Ocumare 70% bar can be gleaned here also, even as it lacks the hyper-excited ticklers of, say, Madagascar Nibs. Then again it never turns against the palate as most of those do (thanks to fewer polyphenol compounds - the Criollo chemical advantage). Always under control, delivering soft-driven complements instead.

Respects the varietal & keeps it simple. Bravo, Amano

ING: cocoa nibs

Reviewed Autumn 2010


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