by Mānoa
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (72%; Batch 217 11/14)
Strain Blend   
Source Hawai'i USA   (Maunawili)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Rustic      
A bar that captures Petrified Lightning, or lightning that strikes the ground whose intense heat (re: the roasting of cocoa) melts (ala cocoa butter) dry sand to create glass.

Some fragments of Petrified Lightning form deep below the surface that was struck (sorta the molten lava so characteristic of cacáo grown on volcanic islands). Others can set right along the path the lightning traveled, leaving a tube of rough sand-caked glass, the interior of which is usually very smooth (like this bar's Texture).
Appearance   3.2 / 5
Color: crushed red-brick
Surface: ragged
Temper: tantrum
Snap: challenged
Aroma   8.5 / 10
wicker fruit basket turned into a pie of graham cracker crust + cream cheese, all sweetened with sorghum
Mouthfeel   12.8 / 15
Texture: smooth with just minuscule grain
Melt: rhythmic flow, to & fro, in sync with the Flavor below
Flavor   36.6 / 50
sorghum / treacle lead-in... stays there 'til it molasses / licorice runs with sour cream beneath -> tang shifts to tart lemon, then to sweet pineapple but the fruit emporium promised in the Aroma emerges only to be trapped in tar & camphorous (or more euphemistically lava + eucalyptus) -> medicinal cherry cough drop -> sheer white cane ending (bagasse) -> stores away on that basket (woven jatropha) from the Aromatic start
Quality   12.1 / 20
Harvested at the agricultural research center in the Maunawili Valley which cultivates a diverse blend of varietals, including some unique hybrids. It represents the genetic hub of sorts for Hawai'i's budding chocolate future.

As expected from such an admixture, this exhibits a range from sweetness to acidulation & savor, albeit in lopsided sequences -- lows & highs alternating -- with precious few flavor points running in tandem; & only then as rather uncomplimentary transitions, the whole complex cobbled together into a structural ramshackle.

Part of it just the micro-terrains & climates of Hawai'i that prove perennially challenging. Another factor: the variety of pods, at least those encapsulated in this bar, simply at cross-purposes rather than happily cross-bred.

A bar that bickers with itself throughout in an argument against diversity.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed July 8, 2013


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