Vanuatu Milk Chocolate

by Daintree Estates
Info Details
Country Australia   
Type Milk Chocolate   (45% cacáo-content)
Strain Amazon   
Source Vanuatu   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Industrial      
Daintree ventures outside the confines of its country & vertical-integration model to source the cacáo in this Milk Chocolate from Vanuatu.

It signals that, along with Cravve, Bahen & other barsmiths, Australia sits poised to be the prime driver in cultivating cacáo culture around its backyard -- the South Pacific Islands comprising Oceania -- a zone heretofore underdeveloped (excluding Indonesia) when it comes to premium chocolate.
Appearance   4.3 / 5

Color: saddle brown
Surface: pod leaf; 6-pack of designer swirls outback
Temper: fudged
Snap: outstanding for the percentage
Aroma   7.1 / 10
huge puff of malted cotton balls underscored in vanilla bean with the floral top-note of that orchid to suggest the Tahitian variety (V. tahitiensis)
Mouthfeel   9.8 / 15
Texture: pulverized dust in paste
Melt: medium dissolve
Flavor   34.6 / 50
vanilla stream -> brief sweet spot (papaya) -> malts away... forever... butterscotched nut -> maple sugar -> chalk landing -> pawpaw fruit out-take
Quality   12 / 20
Barely a cut above bulk grade / strength, & then only due to those peek-a-boo fruits that harken back to Pralus Vanuatu.

Make no mistake though: that chalk tail indicates that this probably shares the same or similar seed allotment as the Cravve bar from this origin. If so, Daintree wisely smothers those seeds up with copious vanilla & a generic stock milk powder. In other words, a smart mishap.

Combining the ingredients then becomes mere assembly. (Note the unusual absence of even any caramel impressions, an achievement which requires a different sort of craft.)

INGREDIENTS: raw sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, milk solids, sunflower lecithin, vanilla

Reviewed January 9, 2013


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