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Ricco

by Agostoni
Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Milk Chocolate   (39%)
Strain Blend   
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Flavor Sugar   
Style Neo-Modern      
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Ricco means 'rich' in Italian, & this is on the money. Loaded with lots of fat butter lipids.

Don’t lift this bar if you’re on a calorie-restricted diet, have to go to work, are driving / operating any kind of machinery, or feel pleasure-averse.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: a tanned strawberry blonde
Surface: clean & precise
Temper: just a glint
Snap: hushed
Aroma   8.9 / 10
head-on collisions involving cream, custard, pudding, mousse & meringue -> the entire mash topped by strawberry coulis -> vanilla sneaks around the bend -> aerates cotton candy
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: no yips in...
Melt: ... an average clip
Flavor   45.1 / 50
that strawberry glaze on the nose rapidly runs right over caramel-fill on the tongue -> straight MC, nothing Dark about it, somewhat mild & "white" (White Chocolate / Cream) -> vanilla colors it toward a bahri date with just a fleck of cinnamon -> pronounced dairy in the aft-shaft
Quality   16.8 / 20
Assiduous blueprint (or red 'n white print really... strawberries 'n cream) in a well-executed blend.

39% cacáo-content almost qualifies for the Dark-Milk category except the flavor of this tops out at a medium-magnitude, attenuated by lots of cream fat & cocoa butter which combine for almost half the whole bar. Together they generate that "white out" in the mid-palate. The addition of spice then nicely buttresses & colors 'em up for a practically seamless cream-cocoa butter-vanilla fusion that exceeds the sum of their parts.

Call it 'half & half & half' – a diluted Dark-Milk.

Agostoni produces scant little in the way of greatness but it apparently can do little wrong either.

Reviewed May 10, 2012

  

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