Staggering. Coffee so dominant so long & cacáo’s presence only felt, then almost equally revealed, in latter stages of logic-defying sequence. All add up to dramatic pulse-quickening double homicide – chocolate & coffee.
Appearance 4 / 5
|Surface:||glaring; backside craters & mounds|
|Snap:||plunks & clunks – exposing air holes & coarse siding|
Aroma 8.1 / 10
aromatically accelerated: steep levee of snapping coffee (regional Huíla, no doubt) w/ butter toffee undertone; marshmallow dust drifts thru
Mouthfeel 12.3 / 15
|Texture:||smoother than anticipated|
|Melt:||relatively rapid as bits easily collapse|
Flavor 45.1 / 50
the aroma’s levee could’ve just been holding itself back, as coffee usually swamps cacáo & this starts like that -> café tang... but hold on... defying aroma – cherry marshmallow vying for air rights -> florals come rushing -> nuts (Q: offshoots from coffee bits or cacáo nibs?) -> A: bang-chocolate-bang -> earth swallows it all up in closing
Quality 18.9 / 20
Sensational defiance – of all expectations, every aspect, on every level. C-5 = Colombia - Combined Chocolate & Coffee Capital at Level 5 flavor (beans can grow slowly for more concentrated flavor at an altitude of 5,000 feet in the Huíla district of southern Colombia). Quality selection of elements (the right coffee / cacáo complements), skilled processing, & deft proportions demonstrating a lot of game. A global contender.