Samoa 73%

by Cravve
Info Details
Country Australia   
Type Dark   (73%; Batch #a1197)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Samoa   
Flavor Naked   
Style Neo-Modern      
Mau a Pule literally translates as 'strongly held opinion'. It references a steadfast non-violent movement in Samoa despite scores of its members being gunned down on “Black Saturday” in 1929 (well before Ghandi & MLK Jr.).

This chocolate equally stands its ground even as the bar melts away.
Appearance   4 / 5
Color: magenta slate
Surface: whorls & swirls; nano-bubbles; grease splatter; release marks... the list grows on...
Temper: confused
Snap: rocks it
Aroma   8.2 / 10
a pliant cocoa backbone stands by the blossom of oncidium (the sharry ‘baby’ variety which inheres its own vanilla-chocolate) & sweetly balsamic kewda (Pandanus odoratissimus) -> plumes of chocolate bend toward musky / sweaty... alas, vinegar (acetic acid)
Mouthfeel   12.4 / 15
Texture: granular just on the rubdown with the thumb; magnified on the tongue
Melt: thin pour = quick release
Flavor   44.9 / 50
gentle cardamom passes onto eucalyptus-mint -> envelops stout chocolate (nothing too deep; just nicely dark) with some kava underpinning (rare) & bamboo + pandanus leaf (wood-nut-hay) -> light balsamic borrowed from the aromatic kewda (above) -> slight moss / fern -> caustic finish
Quality   16.7 / 20
Sourced from the same broker as Pacific Biokoko's Samoa Gold.

Evidently a different allotment than that one as this displays a combination uncontrolled ferment / insufficient conche in the Aroma. Only a little of which shows thru on the palate though. Different experiences in the Flavor dept as well. The 2 flip the field on each other: Biokoko's exudes lots of fruit tones & null chocolate; Cravve 73% here delivers just the opposite.

Streamline / very focused (washing the seeds post-harvst removes compounds that contribute to flavor pre-cursors). The few offsets (such as the mint) might derive from machinery that also handles herbs in flavored chocolate confection since these notes pop up in other Cravve's bars.

Whatever the case, a uniquely Samoan chocolate that heralds this tiny island boasts some supple yet sturdy cacáo.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed January 29, 2013


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