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Serious Milk Cacao

by Tcho
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark-Milk   (53%)
Strain Blend   
Source
Flavor Earthen   
Style Industrial      (good industry & industrious too)
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Some bars drop the hammer, mostly in the pure Dark category. This DMZ (Dark-Milk Zone) retrofits a military vehicle (a k a Tcho's lightweight Milk Chocolate) with a rammer – a heavy-gauge chocolate-plate attached to the end of a tank’s main-gun sticking out the turret - & just lives up to its namesake by ramming in the grill werks (lips / teeth / tongue for y'all big mouths out there).

S-E-R-I-O-U-S & especially effective for tactical counter-insurgency in tight urban confines.
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: natural brown w/ pink tinge
Surface: optical illusion from shallowly scored chevron patterns
Temper: dull
Snap: easy clack
Aroma   8 / 10
foresaken at the outset for a DM... thinly-stripped oak bark & shrunken raisin -> horse bristles -> opens up to nice apple blossom tip underscored in cocoa-caramel -> keeps getting better (thank you oxidation) to soft cotton candy only to weirdly turn back toward vulcanized molasses
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: stiff & seized
Melt: interminable
Flavor   46.1 / 50
kick starts instantly & rips the doors off... exceptionally dark caramel twists into darker Indian corn -> treacle -> fine-grade molasses -> sweet cocoa malt -> strafes off solid Dark-Milk chocolate
Quality   17.3 / 20
Serious intent indeed & a dramatic reversal of misfortune from Tcho’s Classic MC. Neither fronts much finesse nor rhythmics. Both exaggerated straight-shooters; intensely in-the-face & unapologetic about it. But what a result here. The extra 15% or so cacáo-weight channels all the malt found in the lighter 39% into much deeper wells of flavor (rounder too). Vanilla enlisted in the service of dairy in close support of cocoa, the combined forces with tremendous plow-thru & endurance. The only skittish moment - & brief at that - coming at the transition right after the molasses packet.

Tcho really measures the ordnances with precision in, this, its most direct strike to date.

Reviewed Summer 2010

  

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