La Selva

by Lillie Belle
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (68%)
Strain Blend   
Source Peru   (Chulucanas Province; Alto Piura)
Flavor Naked   (with Fruits/Flowers)
Style Rustic      
Everyone enjoys the 6 Degrees of Separation that connect the human race, irrespective of whether they like it or not.

In a measure of chocolate's complexity, the equivalent totals over 15 times that:

The Peruvian Selva (Spanish for 'forest') -- from where the cacáos in this bar hail -- sits at about 4º20'S latitude to the equator under the sun & moon which can easily add 70ºF to the equation (the year-round daily average for both night & day). Plus the 23.4º axial tilt of the Earth, & the premeditated 1st degree murder by Jeff Shepard of Lillie Belle who kills it beyond crushing... he just pulverizes cacáo.

Grand total: 98.6 Degrees of Chocolate... hmmm, which stakes out the same temperature as the human body to melt with you.

And might explain why chocolate is a lot closer to some people than many of them are to each other.
Appearance   4.6 / 5
Color: burnt sienna
Surface: vinyl-top skin to the mold
Temper: shiny fudge
Snap: pounds the eardrums
Aroma   8.3 / 10
selva skunk (a cross between mushrooms opening on the forest floor & hickory-smoked B-Q-sauce with queso cheese funk) perfumes into wild fruit blossoms
Mouthfeel   10.8 / 15
Texture: teeth breaker...
Melt: ... & tongue twister before it gets its melt on
Flavor   43.9 / 50
flash guava -> cocoa powder -> dried lucuma in & around cocoa -> teasing starfruit thru... the cocoa of course -> pitanga 'n biriba a k a "jungle strawberries 'n cream" for the Victorian set who never venture any farther than their proper Englsih gardens -> more cocoa... endless cocoa
Quality   16.1 / 20

Home-ground using the rudiments of the trade (a heavily-modified Cocoatown ECGC-65 Grindeur & a kitchen oven in Jeff Shepard's Lillie Belle "utility lab", re-christened here The Tasteport).

He batches this with a couple cacáo types sourced from Peru's Cepicafe Co-op.

Forget the deficiencies -- from the equipment to the countrified blend & the noticeable grain in the Texture well above 20 microns -- this bar tastes close to the seeds & the land that produced them.

Plus it boasts an inordinately high CQ (for Chocolate Quotient or core cocoa flavor). If only those fruit packs tuned up greater definition & stamina, this would be a world beater.

As is, a peak experience for latter-day Lewis & Clarks jocking the GPS along the Oregon Trail near Lillie Belle's Farm there.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed October 11, 2011


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