Info Details
Country USA   
Type Brut   (84%)
Strain Matina   (Amazon Hybrid)
Source Costa Rica   
Flavor Crossover   
Style Retro-American      
Everything but the pulp. Chocolate physics at one of its highest, most advanced levels. An epic tour de force – join the cult.
Appearance   5 / 5
Color: almost the lightest of De Vries’ Costa Rican trio (just a shade darker than 77%, & the only one w/ an orange cast)
Surface: another perfecto skin
Temper: illuminati
Snap: cracks open
Aroma   8.9 / 10
most unique in the family (vs. 77% & 80%); still plenty of olive but now grape too - toward white wine – plus subtle hazelnut, ground smoke, & greater cocoa backbone showing an adjustment in the ferment-to-roast re-mix
Mouthfeel   13.1 / 15
Texture: from a molten paste to thick & even beverage
Melt: immediately melts in the hand; once inside the effect accelerates at warp speed
Flavor   42.6 / 50
sweeter yet less sugar, softer but more base chocolate flavor (the other 2 barely had any), & the skills are just beginning: role reversal compared to its siblings... bright citric splashes show first -> a good, tolerable bitter rolls over olive & DeVriesian architecture builds from here a zen cocktail w/o glass cup, just the clearest windowpane, lots of ‘negative-space’ filled w/ tight swirling citrus around a plump olive in the middle -> raw cacáo marks the distant edges &, defying laws of gravity, holds it all for the longest.... definition of ‘balancing act’
Quality   19.5 / 20
Say whatever about choice of bean, the ferment cycle, & controversial flavor (basically an Anejo Tequila Sunrise served w/ an olive), this breaks out of the box & the net effect is dumbfounding; a chocolate edit of the Voynich Manuscript - that mysteriously illustrated book from centuries ago by an unknown author in an unidentified script & language whose meaning eludes cryptographers.

A De Vries... worthy of intense study.

CBS ~3:3:1


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