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Country Switzerland   (via Felchin)
Type Dark   (72%; Lot #L81542 13 44)
Strain Sur del Lago   
Source Venezuela   (Zulia)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Classic      
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Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
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Impact
A chocolate cakewalk... humbug as a fashion show now that Lee McQueen has departed (R.I.P.) until realizing the runway has... well, run out, &, hung up over a precipice, the airpocket drops thru the various sedimentary layers in a chocolate free-fall.

No worries; chocolate possesses that unique ability to broaden one’s horizons while simultaneously reminding that ‘wherever you go, there you are’.
Appearance   3.7 / 5
drab; suffering bar-boredom
Color: cloudy brown
Surface: humble though clean
Temper: flat
Snap: sharply dry, practically ill-tempered; solid edge wall
Aroma   8.9 / 10
the good Earth... on fire: barnstorming nuts -> big hay stack -> greens (olive + bay + tobacco leaves & parsley) -> Venezuela petrol lights up tobacco fumes -> torches that hay too, along w/ some grains over burning cinders -> dense cocoa bottom & burnt coffee grounds; very animated (gas dried?)
Mouthfeel   12.9 / 15
Texture: weighted & viscous
Melt: slow motion / phlegmatic... prolongs the good sensations
Flavor   46.7 / 50
instant coffee yields immediately to a choc sweet-spot (strawberry shortcake) -> slides to dried fruits (raisins & prunes) -> café resurgence this time as coffee cake (good wheat biscuit) underscored in solid base chocolate that potentiates chocolate pound cake (virtually alfajor: biscuit / caramel / dulce de leche cake) -> pudding sprinkled in allspice & natural vanilla (none added) -> clears out hazelnuts & almond-hay -> cocoa backflushes dim orange
Quality   18.3 / 20
Regal & reserved – a chocolate sophisticrat of old money.

Density in the Aromatics comes true in the Taste. Really on-point for the SdL type. A Siamese twin seen before in Felchlin’s Clasificado, the actual maker of this bar that even banks off that one’s tasting notes - verbatim. Much better manicured here, though, again, the thrill goes missing some... Felchlin’s antique longitudinal conche lapping into a near-stasis point, an excellent equilibrium of flavor drifting toward... boredom, stealing charisma by boiling a little of the soul out. Otherwise, Felchlin gets everything just about right.

Very spare formulation contributes to rather austere character. Authentic... nothing but cocoa ‘n sugar. Devoid of added vanilla hardly matters for a bean endowed with plenty of onboard spice-like compounds in its DNA that requires no backing.

While in sync with the laid back rhythms of its namesake – the college town of Merida, Venezuela which fronts the Sur del Lago region situated in the middle of the Venezuelan Andes - make no mistake: a power bar of tremendous chocolate proportions, a chocolate gorilla really, to ultimately wake taste buds from their slumber & bodyslam them home, restoring this cultivar’s rep which suffered recently at the hands of Felchlin.

Overall, good make that ends up earning respect in a return to form for SdL & Felchlin... thanks to Idilio.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter

Reviewed Summer 2010

  

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