Info Details
Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (63% cacáo-content; Batch Date 10/28/11)
Strain Amazon   
Source Ivory Coast   
Flavor Naked   
Style Classic      
Ali Lakiss may sound of the ‘kiss of Allah’ but he’s a Lebanese immigrant / major player in the Côté d’Ivoire cocoa trade.

As the French say about this, their former colony, ‘behind every Ivoirian is a Lebanese’, which gives a flavor of the country's politics. In a word, 'entangled'.

In keeping with that fact, Morin crafts up a 'dirty good' chocolate that probably (with Côté d’Ivoire one can never know for sure) has the hands of Lakiss all over it.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: deep violet brown
Surface: unsightly blisters & boils
Temper: shine up
Snap: piercing
Aroma   7.9 / 10
cask or casket?
aged oak barrel or buried mahogany coffin? (+ Ricinodendron heudelotii – a West African tree whose oily seeds smell of choc but taste subtly aromatic)
either way, creams its container before smoking out
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: brittle, hard tack & wax; self-corrects in due time
Melt: prolonged
Flavor   44.6 / 50
peanut-laden chocolate & stays on it thru a passing clove -> melts into vanilla-custard on the verge of caramel -> fizzes away on small sassafras / root beer with a speck of dirt
Quality   16 / 20
Super simple; mono-dimensional. Some dimension though -- classic Earth chocolate.

Noir but not too... over ⅓ sugar lightens it up considerably.

Very much a child's conception of chocolate. So kid-friendly it almost veers into Milk Choc territory (Dark-Milk to be clear).

Glorified hi-grade bulk elevated into really fine stuff. That's the Morin difference / craft.

Though all chocolate by definition & nature is confected, this countenances no artifice / contrivance; very honest & trustworthy flavor.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed January 22, 2013


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