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Barlovento Nibs

by Amano
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Nibs   
Strain Carenero   
Source Venezuela   (Barlovento)
Flavor Earthen   
Style Mainstream      
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Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
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Any good life quantifies emotional peaks & emotional sinks. Their lasting effect is in the reaction to them.

These Nibs have a chip on their shoulder – potato chip, that is – then shrug it off like some small potatoes in need of shoveling into the dumpster, & turns a bit surly & unruly. Will make for a bar that’d love to vent... fruit ‘n cocoa.

How you react to them might depend on your disposition.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: golden brown
Surface: cracked to near-uniform chunks
Temper: slightly frosted
Snap: n/a
Aroma   8.6 / 10
vine ‘n cheese platter trimmed w/ cocoa dusting on caramel, honey, & tobacco... very ready & the most obviously fermented of Amano’s Nib Suite (Ocumare; Madagascar; Jembrana; Accra)
Mouthfeel   11.8 / 15
Texture: crisp crunch
Melt: tough
Flavor   43.3 / 50
fine metal streak underlying mondo-cocoa -> cassava -> potato chip -> minute souring action (chips ‘n vinegar) -> bumbles around greeeen leaf -> lone bitter-finger at the back descends into traditional Nib teritory (soil, earthworms, & mushrooms) -> aft-length = black walnut & bitter beech nut
Quality   18.5 / 20
Proof-positive of Carenero’s potency – the cultivar made famous by El Rey. Too superior a grade to just rip the mouth apart, they pack devastating punch nevertheless.

That early onset potato chip bears shades of Fijian cacáo before the heavier molecular weight tannins take over the progression which also negates, until the very ending, any appearance of ‘nut’ inflections that usually predominate Nibs.

Tread lightly on these & carry a big tongue.

ING: cocoa nibs

Reviewed Autumn 2010

  

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