Treasure Island

by Marou
Info Details
Country Vietnam   
Type Dark   (75% cacáo-content; Lot #0000608)
Strain Hybrid   (T Clonal Series)
Source Vietnam   (Mekong Delta; Tan Phu Dong [Đào kho báu])
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style New School      
Robert Louis Stevenson will be proud.

Jim Hawkins & Squire Trelawney live on in the guise of Sam Maruta & Vincent Mourou (whose surnames form the portmanteau of Marou). As if the great ship Hispaniola were re-christened Indochine by them, & sets sail for the Mekong Delta instead of the Caribbean.

Together they comb this Treasure Island for "brown-gold" that melts into a Pleasure Hydrant.

And whoever gains a purchase on this becomes their own Billy Bones.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: blinded somewhat by the sheen (hiding perchance the notorious 'Black Spot'?)
Surface: joins ranks with De Vries, Theo, Pralus, Rogue + others in the class of 'drop-dead gorgeous'
Temper: high glare / wear shades
Snap: taut low-strung parrot (foreboding?)
Aroma   8.6 / 10
though identifiably Vietnamese, it adheres as Marou's own signature fragrance since no other bar out there arrives so redolent:
ridiculous spice-orient underscored in yeast & hops -> ballons into a rather novel 'malted leather'
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: feels silicon groomed & grooved
Melt: slow choppy meandering thru a turgid river of flavor
Flavor   45 / 50
flash chocolate rapids -> bites down into cocoa dust with a halo of white fruit blossoms (durian / longan) -> germinates soft spice which metastasizes to an intriguing tonka bean & opium (replacing Capt. Flint's rum) -> interlocking banana-breadfruit & cinnamon-sandalwood (sensational) -> cashew -> salt marsh after-finish
Quality   16.1 / 20
Neither any mutiny nor acidic intensity on this bounty as all the crew mates paddle along swimmingly.

Marou abandons lecithin in this bar. Texture though still a bit bouncy / rubbery largely on account of crafting in humid tropical climes that necessitates thicker pours & copious butter (at least up to this point).

Basically Benoit Nihant's Fèves de Tonka sans the additive (unless, of course, Marou operates a stealth… oh, skip it). So what if it practically tastes faked, like some of their other bars. At a minimum it's 'genuine artificial'.

Bottom line: the label applies its pat processing to develop heady incense, in a lower-amped version of Tiền Giang (significantly lower).

All trademark Viet & another wonderment from Marou.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed December 6, 2013


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