Canoabo 70%

by Franceschi
Info Details
Country Venezuela   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%; Batch 120719)
Strain Canoabo   (Criollo group)
Source Venezuela   (Sucre State; Paria Peninsula; Hacienda San José)
Flavor Naked   (as can be)
Style Classic      
The pink boto is a freshwater river dolphin native to the Amazon & Orinoco river systems of Venezuela. Its longer, narrower snout compared to marine counterparts gives rise to the Amazonian myth that botos are encantado or enchanted shape-shifters from a submarine paradise full of wealth, health & even immortality. Yet these spirits crave the pleasures (& hardships) of the human landscape so they turn into handsome young men at night, wearing a hat to hide their prominent forehead that remains within the shapeshift.

The prime traits that characterize botos are magic to control both storms & humans via their superior musical ability, & powers of seduction. Naturally they love sex (especially for illegitimate children) & love to party (who doesn't?). Once ashore, they seduce & impregnate young women only to return to the river come morning. Sometimes kidnapping comes into play, abducting humans they’re fond of... taking them back to Encante (submarine paradise).

Plenty of South Americans still claim interaction with them. Some even call them their relatives.

This bar of Canaoba 70% is a small raft of flavor nudged along by the snout of a pink dolphin into the easygoing fathoms of their Rio Chocolate.
Appearance   4 / 5
Color: pale shade of brown with orange-pink blush
Surface: marred in a minor fashion
Temper: uneven
Snap: bends then breaks
Aroma   9.1 / 10
pure macadamia... the whole branch, leaf & nut of that evergreen
stunning in its simplicity; beautiful in its completeness
biscuit beneath, brushed in cocoa
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: chewing gum
Melt: mouthwatering
Flavor   46.8 / 50
variations on a theme: blank start on bland macadamia oil -> White Chocolate -> mild Milk Chocolate -> Dark-Milk -> gently twisting caramel culminates in royal black mulberry -> the pink flesh of mamey sapote with a soft bitter underbite
Quality   18.7 / 20
Achingly exquisite.

Esmeraldas or even Porcelana-like in its grace & near taste; Indio Rojo in its eventual stamina & endpoint direction if not quite depth.

So benign & naturally sweet beyond its 30% sugar content with no astringency whatsoever & only a minor back nibble of bitterness. Very much the relative of this cultivar's sister bar -- Domori's Canoabo -- except with less range of flavor.

The kind of bar that endows premium chocolate with an extra-fine echelon.


INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass & sugar

Reviewed October 11, 2012


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