Info Details
Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%)
Strain Nacional   
Source Peru   (Piura)
Flavor Naked   (as in bare)
Style Classic      
A bar in line with looking down upon the Cordillera Huayhuash (pronounced “why-wash”) from afar -- some brown but mostly clouds, white stuff, & glaciers.

Such a view renders a poor sense of this prominent but short mountain range (15 miles in length) that boasts 20 steep, sharp peaks. Although only 60 miles from the coast, a half a dozen of them reach above 19,500 feet with the highest -- Nevado Yerupajá, Peru’s 2 highest -- estimated at 21,769 feet.

This chocolate too ultimately feels & tastes distant; & straight out of another huash / 'wash': the washing machine.

Cordillera Huayhuash (courtesy NASA/JSC)
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: dark straddle on the purple / red divide
Surface: perfect front; wide brush strokes on the back
Temper: gauzy
Snap: Capt. Crack
Aroma   8.6 / 10
soft, light bush-branches in the morning, right after the mist lifts
thin film of tiny berries (currants)
Mouthfeel   12.9 / 15
Texture: glycerin smooth; rounds into...
Melt: ... firm flesh before abruptly liquifying
Flavor   34.1 / 50
fleeting spice (Peru balsam) -> choc... chalks into algarrobina (a starchy syrup made from the Black Carob tree) -> nuts (especially peanut skins) & woods (chonta & palo santo) -> low bittering -> good astringency (never really puckers but it does grip & slightly cauterize the trigeminal nerves) countered by yet more roasted nuts (sacha inchi)
Quality   13.5 / 20
Piuras come in 2 types: flavorful & flavorless.

This bar somewhat devoid... certainly of any fruit; little core chocolate; & the flavor tags that appear are nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, on a first encounter with cacáo from this area, even a local Peruvian confided that Piura chocolate "tastes like rice".

Clearly light to white-seeded cacáo. Similarly pigment-challenged cacáos that lack the anthocyanin gene can project a supple, even subliminal, rapture. This hangs on a far more planar level. And yet its generally delicate pitch & interaction taste unusual if not unique.

In that respect, Morin's Puira Perou is worth trying.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed April 2, 2013


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