Info Details
Country Lithuania   
Type Milk Chocolate   (43% cacáo-content)
Strain Blend   
Source (Uganda; Haiti)
Flavor Earthen   
Style Rustic      
A baller... a malt-baller.

Domantas Uzpalis, young & Naive, proves already to be a playa.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: pink Bermuda tan
Surface: a looker... as in not supposed to look this good despite uneven pour, floppy over-extended feet on the mold + a few superficial imperfections
Temper: doubles as a pocket mirror for applying make-up on-the-go
Snap: plunks the test
Aroma   9.1 / 10
evocative: old-growth forest (deep, dark & dense hardwoods) -> fungi all over (wild mushrooms, chanterelles, reishi, woods ear mushrooms) -> wet horse negotiating a passage thru this monster draft from the Lithuanian countryside... only a wispy tail of gianduia hints at a Milk Chocolate
Mouthfeel   10.9 / 15
Texture: very powderful
Melt: casual / languid
Flavor   46.7 / 50
honest Milk Choc -> caramel cream jump-stops over a royal black mulberry, then resumes on its way to twisting into vanilla malt -> trace stringent grip (from some background limestone) contributes to more malting -> evanescent fruit pop (canned peach / mammy sapote) amidst the malt balls now raining down on the pal (for palate) -> outrageous aft-length: those tags in the Aromatics come thru as hickory-smoked porcini on leatherback
Quality   17.8 / 20
Tremendous constancy; very little variation... just enough to hold interest.

Message to Shawn Askinosie & his CollaBARation partner Jeni of Spledid Ice-Creams: this is how to malt a Milk Chocolate.

Judicious use of vanilla -- more than just waving the bottle over the chocolate liquor / less than heavy-handed -- adroit & ambidextrous.

While organic cocoa sometimes can be a hit or miss proposition, organic milk evidently works wonders.

In this case, straight from Naive's dairy farm which it operates alongside its chocolate studio. Wholesome & true, though perhaps lacking the creamed richness & hay notes of Alpine heifers so exalted in Swiss, Italian & Austrian MCs. In its favor it has something else going on (evidenced by the outstanding Aroma & after-taste).

Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence... that now-imaginary demarcation between East & West Europe. Whereas Swiss milk for chocolate-making is mild & often has malt added to it, whatever the cows feed on in Lithuania seems to help in developing a natural malt (with an assist from a leisurely & lazy conch which, granted, compromises Texture but leaves the overarching structure intact).

Bottom Line: lots of quality steadfast flavor.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, skimmed & whole milk powder, cocoa butter, vanilla

Reviewed May 29, 2012


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