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Country USA   
Type Beans   (smothered in Chocolate)
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Esmeraldas)
Flavor Crossover   
Style New School      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
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
Macho-femme.

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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