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Country USA   
Type Beans   (smothered in Chocolate)
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Esmeraldas)
Flavor Crossover   
Style New School      
On the outside & at the outset of its flavor lip, this appears fit for Kim Kardashian. Dig deeper & it morphs up to a Dwight Howard.

Welcome to the androgynous zone. (Crude axiom: men seek depth, women height... the yin-yang of gender complementarity).

This barrage à trois (of whole cocoa kernels, whipped chocolate & coconut oil) blurs the line between vice & virtue in a terrific arithmetic of flavors.

Exclusive Reserve (currently unavailable to the public) that achieves cult status in a whisper campaign among the black market of the chocolate underground.

Appearance   3.9 / 5
comes in a Pond's™ sized beauty jar
Color: violet black to brown
Surface: lumpen
Temper: seething
Snap: crunching ganche
Aroma   7.7 / 10
big mushrooms & Brazil nuts rolling on the forest floor (decaying mulch & leaf clutter) -> camphor
Mouthfeel   13.2 / 15
Texture: popcorn
Melt: happy chaos (gritty, granular, buttery & oily)
Flavor   47 / 50
sweet 'n savory: grilled portobello with steak sauce & a phat glass of a California Cab -> chocolate bang at the back -> goes all nuts -> some stone elements -> mounting mineralization to the very end of some considerable tannic bark -> banana the after-linger
Quality   18.3 / 20

Takes Nova Monda's spreadable Nacional chocolate & slathers it around its whole Nac'l cocoa nuts for this joint concoction.

2 fine tastes in 1.

Covers the full flavor spectrum (vertically high / low; horizontally spreads with a ranging variety of notes). Ditto Texturally to belie a solid overall structure of impressive length & intensity.

Understandably Nova Monda's pride & joy.

ING: whole cocoa kernels, cocoa mass, coconut oil, sugar

Reviewed February 1, 2012


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