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Ocumare 70%

by Lillie Belle
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (70%)
Strain Ocumare   (Criollo hybrid)
Source Venezuela   (Ocumare de la Costa Valley)
Flavor Naked   
Style Rustic      
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Acidity
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Chocumare: a 'chocolate nightmare' that's scary good -- spooktacular in fact -- to send gobble-ins from Lillie Belle's cocoa-lab in Tasteport, Oregon all the way to Gusto'pia
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: blushing brown
Surface: neo-tropic / art-deco mold (think Jackie Gleason, Miami, 1960s)
Temper: polished vinyl
Snap: a Lillie Belle strong suit -- just punctures & reverberates the airwaves
Aroma   8.2 / 10
that unmistakable chocolate-almond from Ocumare Valley until... Lillie Belle turns on the gas oven & toasts those nuts to charcoal briquets (or, more generously, "tobacco smoke") but with a fruited sweet-spot
Mouthfeel   12.5 / 15
Texture: powdered silk
Melt: prolonged
Flavor   47.6 / 50
pure chocolate around fleeting red fruit -> juices strawberry -> back to choc from the middle out to the end -> almondine finish; aftermath adds black cherry-chocolate, minor charcoal & slight astringency
Quality   17.1 / 20
No ordinary piece in an otherwise middling line. Harkens to Coppeneur's early Ocumare that signaled its ascendency but this shows kinder / less manipulated.

Exemplifies home-ground chocolate: simple & very honest. Baked oven roast + baby grind to powder-fine Texture. And these kernels profit from both.

Re-validates Ocumare's status no matter what the circumstance... current socio-politico-economic problems notwithstanding in Venezuela that make cacáo cultivation & export challenging.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed October 31, 2011

  

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