by Venchi
Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Flavored   (Hazelnuts; Dark-Milk 56%)
Source Ecuador   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Classic      
The immaculate confection
Appearance   4.7 / 5
shape of an upturned boat capsized as a half-domed monolith that launches a thousand obsessions to a nirvanic TASP pleasure center
Color: umber
Temper: mesmerizing
Snap: cuts likes butter
Aroma   9.1 / 10
a gusher... just blows the wrapper off & bleeds rich hazelnut oil right from the Piedmont
Mouthfeel   15 / 15
Texture: major edifice complex taking a quantum leap into the hyper-creamy & the impossibly smooth; soft hazelnut butter (not a grain or granule in the paste)
Melt: mind incinerating; out of this world like nothing else on heaven & earth; in a class by itself
Flavor   46 / 50
more than a flavor - a sensation rocking the pants off making your day; 1st the texture hits you - shockingly soft, the center ever holding yet infinitely yielding... a blissed-out free-fall in a dream-state of gianduja all the way, baby... swathed in a dark Milky Way chocolate blanket on the outside of the event horizon -> vanilla sends taste buds spiraling inward to ecstasy, multiplying energetically toward the warm mass where singularity is captured at the core w/ no fiissures whatsoever, the separation between elements nonexistent, the zero-point where all becomes a Dufoux-like 1... -of-a-kind -> resounding hazelnut-booms at the finish pound the senses & produce a quantum leak in the central nervous system ripping reality back into the body
Quality   18.4 / 20
2>1 after all. Venchi resulted from the merger in the early 20th century between Talmone and Moriondo & Gariglio, both among the pioneers of gianduia in Turin, Italy.

Top-line culinary media. Ideal balance, integration, & scale. Chocolate & hazelnut form a supple dyad. Venchi's 56% Ecuadorian cacáo beautifully blended into super fresh nut meats, expertly roasted to express essential / massage oil quality for extracted / concentrated clarity. One more exhibit on why Piedmont filberts earn their name, fame, & fortune. Best in category & too outsized to put in the Boxed Chocolate section.

Among the best chocolates in the world, period.


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