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Country Brazil   
Type Semi-Dark   (65%)
Strain Amazon   (Hybrid)
Source Brazil   (Mata Atlântica; Bahia; Catolé; Uruçuca)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   (x Earthen)
Style Neo-Modern      
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Acidity
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Impact
Cocoa twister: a river, a cave, & this bar – a mouth
Appearance   3.2 / 5
Color: pale purple (early onset bloom)
Surface: flakes, chips, dust
Temper: on the verge of a pre-meltdown
Snap: surprisingly true
Aroma   6.5 / 10
compost atop a plank of wood, the tinder for smoked cocoa
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: vagina dentata
Melt: moderate
Flavor   43.9 / 50
simple riparian choc -> wood (similar to Breuzinho)... sugar brings out its faint floral aspect (ala rosehips & the biscuity scents of hyacinth) -> fruit-cream (the sapote abiu) -> comes to a cocoa stone-grinding end
Quality   17.7 / 20
The fourth in Q Aquim's vertical tasting flight, in increments on average of 5% (85%, 80%, 75% & this at 65% skips one level -- so much, according to Q Aquim, for 70% being the "ideal" chocolate percentage?).

Despite appearances, this bar dispels fears, exceeds hopes, & shows pretty well on the tongue. One of the more contained 65%s to hit the market; most of which tend toward fake-delicious over-exuberance with sugar or flouncy Snapple® fruits. By contrast, this resides more in the tree than on the outside of it. That is, with cacáo character rather than cane sweetener.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed May 8, 2013

  

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