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Country Hungary   
Type Dark   (73%; Batch #C3702)
Strain Carenero   
Source Venezuela   (Barlovento)
Flavor Naked   (+ Spices/Herbs)
Style Neo-Modern      (w/ Classic nod)
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Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Real as it gets. Completely unambiguous.

A 70-gram monument to good taste.
Appearance   4.8 / 5
elegantly hand-packaged with stationary-quality printed-paper (no thin tinsel foil wrapping here) to make Mast Bros’ much-heralded wallpaper look like stock inventory from IKEA
Color: on the lighter side of brown (topaz set with a little garnet)
Surface: perfectly molded coat-of-arms; fat splatter on back
Temper: classic semi-gloss
Snap: kind
Aroma   8.7 / 10
recessed spices & resins (very shy for a Carenero, doubly so one at 73%) centered around paprika & benzoin -> grows balsamic then clearly-expressed tamarind
Mouthfeel   12.7 / 15
Texture: firm
Melt: prolonged
Flavor   46.1 / 50
gets right after it on sweet chocolate -> tamarind fondue -> cookie sandwich -> tobacco tingles the T-buds into a sassafras fizz -> star anise + vanilla -> lite astringency at the back produces a narcotic numbing -> walnut
Quality   18.6 / 20
Evenly consistent with perfect pitch. Neither the deepest core nor a mere veneer either, somewhere in the middle, but beautifully appointed with delicate offsets at a gentle slope from rich centerline chocolate.

Sure-handed technique assiduously applied – easy roast / hard conche – surmount the usual Carenero landmarks (caramel for instance) while remaining true to it.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cacáo butter

Reviewed April 2011

  

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