Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (70%; Batch Date 6/12/12)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Burma   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Classic      (neo-Classic)
Cacáo in Burma strikes as relatively new.

But the Burmese have been growing rice since the Bronze Age. Prior to that, like 750,000 years ago, Homo erectus took up shop there.

Which means stone-grinding anything -- be it grains or cacáo seeds -- amounts to very old hat.

Fast forward to today, children continue to play a major part in the Tatmadaw (or army) as well as Burmese rebel movements. The Independent reported in June 2012 that "Children are being sold as conscripts into the military for as little as $40 & a bag of rice or a can of petrol."

C'mon, now, at least give 'em chocolate.

On 2nd thought, please don't; that would only tarnish cacáo's reputation further over (somewhat sensationalized) child slave-labor, along with dangerous working conditions in West Africa.

In a landscape dotted with as many Buddhist temples as opium poppies, a couple more bars like this though & Burma will be known more for its Theobroma. It renders a chocolate that emanates a certain dispassionate spirit. Serene & flexible, bending with the wind, yet strong as bamboo.

Today nearly every damn "single"-origin anoints itself some exotic trade names like Arriba Nacional or "La Red". Burma could call theirs Theobuddha cacáo.

Enough to tempt even U Wisara, the monk who protested British rule in Burma with a hunger strike that starved him to death, to try a nibble.
Appearance   4.6 / 5
Color: ruby blood brown
Surface: among Morin's best
Temper: polished coat
Snap: speaks to you
Aroma   8.7 / 10
massively potent: dense jungle of non-coniferous hardwoods (teak & ironwood) & leaves (especially black tea)
pure photosynthesis oxidizes herbaceous & spicy
huge chocolate head
Mouthfeel   13.7 / 15
Texture: imperial
Melt: buoyant float
Flavor   45 / 50
big brown the launch point (chocolate / brownies) -> bends like a reed filled lightly with spice (vetitver / vanilla / frangipani / coriander) -> Oreo® cookie -> rice paddy herb – lemon-lime-ness (from essential oil limonene... a slight tickling quality for a “sweet cumin” taste ala the air after a summer thunderstorm) -> eucalyptus / mint -> then Vietnamese-type perfumes assert control (heady & intoxicating)... pure opium & oud -> red threads of crocus in homage to Burma's Saffron Revolution -> walnut clearing -> bambara groundnut postscript
Quality   17.4 / 20
Franck Morin continuing his Indochinery.

Striking similarities to Morin's Vietnam which he private labels for the brand Vietcacao; unsurprising sInce Burma & Vietnam share the same general neighborhood. The joint tendencies rooted in genetics as well as proximate terroir since breeders cite that Burma's cacáo -- nebulously classified as "Trinitario" -- came from Vietnam in the 1930s/40s.

Less resinous in its spice impressions, yet more chocolate depth, probably due to significant Amelonado type cacáo in this country gene pool.

A defmix of flavor.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed February 8, 2013


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