Venezuela Sur del Lago Noir

by A. Morin
Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (70%; Batch Date 5/21/12)
Strain Sur del Lago   
Source Venezuela   (Zulia)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Classic      
With apologies to Norman Mailer & Gary Gilmore, an Exectutioner's Song composed by Franck Morin, scion to the A. Morin chocolate dynasty.

In this cautionary tale, an innocent bar gets sent to the gallows, seemingly flogged by spices beforehand.

Either way, Morin just kills it.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: dark crimson brown
Surface: nearly flawless save for brush swales on the back
Temper: semi-glint
Snap: strong sheer thanks to a hefty 100g pour
Aroma   7.1 / 10
practically hangs itself by its own rope (fiber, twine, jute, sisal), the slipknot greased with macadamia nut oil wrapped around a baleful of straw/hay dangling from a tall dried hardwood peppered in overhanging spices
low beneath a little wet horse that hoisted all this up there in the first place
Mouthfeel   11.8 / 15
Texture: Morin's trademark wax attack
Melt: minute grit at the very end
Flavor   43.6 / 50
entrance on red-chocolate (mamey sapote-on-cocoa) -> baked brownie -> first spice (sassafras), then a tingling sechuan pepper -> torrent of licorice / molasses -> red spice (cinnamon / cayenne - rare) mercifully balmed in cream -> late-surging Oreo® sandwich (of some charred edges) -> peters out to those ropes of Aroma but with a twist: ginger -> cocoa-woods in the aft-burner
Quality   14.9 / 20
So very Maracaibo... Sur del Lago (literally "South of the Lake" in Spanish... in this case Lake Maracaibo) yet unbalanced.

Damn hot as in endothermic chocolate. Nothing fiery but enough to numb the tip of the tongue.

Feels suspiciously manipulated. Sur del Lago usually comes equipped with onboard spices inherent to the cacáo type itself. This just goes overboard with them, including that flyspeck in the Texture to suggest something foreign fell into the mix.

Good nonetheless, although unnaturally / artificially curious.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed January 13, 2013


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