San Martin 70%

by Potomac
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%; Batch P12006)
Strain Hybrid   (CCN-51 x Amazon?)
Source Peru   (San Martin)
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
Potomac Chocolate operates along the very river near the English settlement of Jamestown, Virgina. There, the respect between John Smith, the leader of the colony in those first cold winters, & the indigenous Powhatan confederation that then inhabited the area, earned Smith the title of werowance – ‘a chieftain among the Whites'.

Yes, Millennials, history began before 9-11. People actually roamed these parts here prior to the arrival of Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Asians, Africans, Hispanics & Al Queda. In fact, some ancestors of the earliest Americans share a cultural history with cacáo in places like Peru -- from where Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate sources the cocoa in this bar -- having evolved for tens of thousands of years together in the Amazon.

For this chocolate Potomac lives up to Smith's famous decree that 'he who shall not work, shall not eat', laboring long & hard to earn Ben the moniker of the werowance of barsmiths (pun included).

All consumers have to do is put their money where their mouth is & open wide. A bargain.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: unusually light salmon brown
Surface: subsurface bubbles
Temper: nice flashback
Snap: express bullet train
Aroma   8.2 / 10
wide spectrum, clear & equipoised:
very alluvium (riverbank trees / foliage)
leatherback & tobac
fermented tang (particularly oranges & hops)
spiced flint, then grows positively melonic
Mouthfeel   11.3 / 15
Texture: gum ball
Melt: slow... down to the last stringent
Flavor   43.1 / 50
Amazon grape (Pourouma cecropiaefolia with its orange inflections) on chocolate -> quickly stalls & goes cold / bland (starchy manioc... shades of Agostoni's San Martin and Willie's too) onto a blank canvas -> citric resurgence, sharpens over a lengthy sweep thru pineapple, camu-camu, guava, cocona, pink grapefruit, naranjilla & soursop -> minor toffee bend runs alcoholic -> limestone cap with a metal point -> brief nut leaf -> sacha inchi (a nut-like seed tasting of a cross between soybeans & sugar snap peas)
Quality   15.6 / 20
Ben Rasmussen treks the Upper Amazon for this his 2nd origin after inaugural bars -- 70%, 70% with NIbs & 82% -- all featuring Costa Rican cacáo.

Aptly motto'd after a fish (the glyph for cacáo in ancient Mesoamerica) pulled from the river of its namesake, Potomac reels in a good one with the Aromatics. The actual Flavor however cuts bait with much of it: a lot of headnotes left on the hook while the rest of the body gets tossed back in a sort of 'catch 'n release'.

Blame it on an unimpressive seed lot; astringency & liquor impressions signal a sub-ferment; precious little core chocolate & consequently only a light ballast for any bottom.

But whereas the Mast Bros mishandled the same allotment by under-processing, causing this cacáo's substantial acidity to spill over with un-contained vengeance, Potomac regulates while levering it to the threshold.

Good work.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed , 2013


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