Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (70%; Batch Date 6/6/12)
Strain Pajarito   
Source Colombia   
Flavor Naked   
Style Mainstream      
Emerald City or Devil's Nose?

Road crews in Colombia discovered emeralds while digging in a remote corner of the northwest Boyacá region known to locals as The Devil's Nose, an area also ripe with cacáo. Colombia mines more than half of the world's emeralds. Once news of the find spread, people flocked to it in hopes of coming away with some gems of their own. (Police have since closed the steep mountain pass where the vein was unearthed, citing safety concerns.)

Apparently they took the jewels & left the Devil's Nose for this bar.
Appearance   2.9 / 5

Color: Dusky
Surface: Divots
Temper: Dim
Snap: Dour
Aroma   7.1 / 10
musty in a good way: grass (straw / hay), tonka bean (with its own hay-scent variant) & marshmallow (the herb not the foam puff) + malanga (a/k/a xanthosoma or cocoyam, a nutty / earthen starch)
Mouthfeel   12.8 / 15
Texture: slick
Melt: bulging (botox'd with lecithin)
Flavor   36.4 / 50
grain-laced cocoa -> chocolate syrup to carob extract -> creeping astringency coupled with chalk -> marshmallow herb -> rear nut adds warmth (Brazil nut + inflections of malanga that boomerang from the Aroma) rebuffed by jute / hay, then cotton
Quality   13.9 / 20
This Noir Colombie stands for a French detective crime-scene: a cacáo victimized at the source, lying outlined in chalk.

Morin performs heroically in an EMS capacity. It salves this basic bean for middling fair flavor by treating it to a moderately warm roast & buttering it up (with added cocoa butter). Contrast this with Dandelion that encountered the same origin recently & just euthanized it.

All the same, this winds up D.O.A. on the operating table that is the bar molding machine in Morin's chocolate studio.


INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed December 4, 2012


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