Dominican Republic

by Dick Taylor
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (a very bright 74%)
Strain La Red   
Source Dominican Republic   (Los Pajones, María Trinidad Sánchez Province)
Flavor Twang   
Style Industrial      (strength)
FULL DISCLOSURE: Dick Taylor kindly offered a complimentary sample

Citric acid, a common buffer, increases the solubility of brown heroin. Addiction treatment centers even induce users to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones -- in an attempt to reduce the spread of HIV & hepatitis -- by offering it for free.

Other acidifiers for brown heroin are ascorbic acid, acetic acid, & lactic acid; in their absence, a user will often substitute lemon juice or vinegar.

Or try this bar.
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: brown velvet apricot
Surface: filigree moulding; none better
Temper: semi-flat
Snap: some bend to the break; pinholes on the edge wall
Aroma   7.1 / 10
an aromatic cross between Rogue Hispaniola and Cluizel Los Ancones
thick & heavy tapenade undercut by the olive's leaf & bark
branches out to dried fruit in ground soil (apri-cotta)
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: whipped butter
Melt: on contact to an... adhesive grip at the finish
Flavor   24.4 / 50
instant choc yields to soursop sopping sourness, then a variant - strident currants & equally harsh bilberry -> mutant grapefruit now a raging passion fruit (wintergreen in the recesses) -> that green picholine in the Aroma produces black olive on the tongue -> dry Vermouth... hugs this rail for days -> back nut (bitter almond) -> stringent cardboard (no surprise there) -> choc mud
Quality   11.7 / 20
A rarity for chocolate from The D.R.: a low-scoring bar.

From "apri-cotta" in the Aroma to "terror-cotta" in the Flavor. Solvent detergent strength.

If intended, Dick Taylor must've grown up in a kids' chemistry kit (instead of a Skinner Box) which schools adults to prefer citric-scented colognes, super-dry martinis, & tart bitches.

Not since the early acid bath days of Domori has so much acetate blistered the taste buds (hey, should this label follow Gianluca "Mack" Domori's trajectory, then the chocoscenti will be in for a wild good ride).

It's one thing for the acerbic nature to be ill-defined, but it's another to be uncontained, which suggests a breakdown in virtually every parameter (unless, again, if by design).

A real mother pucker.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed January 18, 2013


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