Info Details
Country UK   
Type Semi-Dark   (80%; Lot #13080)
Strain Blend   (T Clonal Series)
Source Vietnam   (Tiền Giang & Dông Nai)
Flavor Twang   
Style Industrial      
The Vietnamese have a saying “qua lua” which means “past the marriageable age”.

What about one for "before the marriageable age"?

To paraphrase Uncle Ho, when the doors of freedom swing open, the real dragon flies out.
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: lighter brown with ferric oxide
Surface: distressed
Temper: murky
Snap: a mocking slap
Aroma   8.3 / 10
what a spread
thick marmalade on toast garnished with a shoot of lemongrass
Mouthfeel   11.4 / 15
Texture: a dust bowl
Melt: glutinous
Flavor   39.7 / 50
powdered subacid fruit mix (gooseberry & satsuma) over dried cocoa beds -> rising citrus blaring against a musty bottom -> mandarin -> the pine-inflected yuzu lime -> calamansi, then guava to passionfruit... & it bombs on... citrange + medicinal bitter wood & leaves of petitgrain
Quality   14.2 / 20
What has all the hallmarks for an exceptional blueprint -- the Fruit of Bến Tre married to the Nakedness of Dông Nai sours into an acrid relationship. Needs more of the latter & less of the former.

Incredibly bright for the 80% class of such wilding clarity & intensity, albeit overpowering: tart Atomic Warheads®. Might even surpass the global standard -- Madagascar -- in the acid-bath test to easily obscure the promised "brown bread" & "tobacco" notes printed on wrapper (click image upper right to enlarge).

Still, this blend hangs together, undivorced, as Hotel Chocolat mediates to contain those volatiles without necessarily controlling them, in line with the Soviets at Chernobyl & the Japanese with Fukushima Daiichi.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter; CBS (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio): supposedly an approximate 3:4:4

Reviewed September 16, 2013


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