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Blend 85%

by Nanea
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (85%)
Strain Blend   
Source Hawai'i USA   (+ Africa)
Flavor Naked   (stripped)
Style Rustic      
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Africa meets Polynesia; the most common with the more exotic.

The blueprint for this really gets the chocomaniacs salivating & their adrenaline flowing... especially those headstrong, independent, do-it-their-own-way type-Ts (short for Thrill-seekers) who'd rather be stranded on a strange deserted island in the middle of the night than rip open another bar of some tried 'n true (re: tired) single-origin. An entire sub-universe unto themselves, the only thing that comes close to matching this tribe’s sense of cultural identity is the hip-hop nation.

When it all melts thru, this bar will frustrate more than free their fanaticism, for madness is inspiration idling in neutral.

It turns out to be just un-ordinarily good.... a little kitty bar that purrs with pleasure.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: buff brown
Surface: the most normal looking of Nanea's bars
Temper: semi-smudged
Snap: middleweight
Aroma   7 / 10
barnyard: horse, ham & hay
tobacco & leather saddle out back
coffee in the distance
Mouthfeel   12.5 / 15
Texture: smooth paste
Melt: abiding... to a lone Nib fragment
Flavor   44 / 50
slow release... butter cream / low chocolate -> wooden bitter -> coconut shell -> light cardamom -> coconut-walnut cream highlight -> puffs out on faint charcoal
Quality   15.2 / 20
A tame 85%. Relaxed in fact.

Nanea's Hawaiian cacáos calmly modulate the most stout of varietals out of West Africa into a reclining contour. The overall subdued nature of this bar then further accentuated in a gentle conching, evidenced by that Nib fragment as well as Flavor (note to the barsmith: process further &/or filter the chocolate liquor thru a screen).

Reviewed March 28, 2013

  

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