Info Details
Country Canada   
Type Semi-Dark   
Strain Blend   
Source Nicaragua   (Matagalpa; La Dalla; Finca La Tronca)
Flavor Naked   (+ soft spice)
Style Mainstream      
The beauty behind the Affluenza Defense in a criminal court proceeding rests in its perfect symmetry to the Indigent Defense: both suspend personal responsibility. Whether because of rich parents or govt payouts, no one’s at fault anymore as long as a creative excuse can be proffered.

Ya know, kids grow up in households with only 60” flat screen TVs, no cell phone before the 8th birthday, & forced to go to school until 12… so dehumanizing & enough to drive anyone to commit manslaughter or more. In each case, parents are basically AWOL &/or intoxicated most of the time, thus they need help too, so no blaming them.

Here’s a bar to the Middle Class (what’s left of it) who work hard & still play by the rules (despite a system that routinely violates its own laws).

Solid everyday fare.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: sees the light thru the brown… a cream supreme
Surface: slight vagabond wear 'n tear
Temper: got its shine on
Snap: a "true-badour"
Aroma   9.1 / 10
pity any who add mushrooms to couverture when this sublimates black truffles in chocolate intrinsically
peanut skins + tobacco in the back lot
circulates streaming cocoa
Mouthfeel   12 / 15
Texture: waxen with some poundage
Melt: good timing
Flavor   44.5 / 50
fudge brownie on the uptake, alights toward milk-centric chocolate -> roasted ground nut -> soft spice (sassafras / cinnamon / tonka) on wafer where this bar reaches its peak -> then blackens.. & hits bottom... first on tea & then Oreo® cookie (a cross from the earlier wafer) furnishing some back char -> creams out in the ending
Quality   16.1 / 20
A cocoa blend from La Tronca in Nicaragua seen in prior guise (90% by Vintage Plantations & again with French Broad's version). Polished up some more here by Soma.

Extremely satisfying for such simplicity. The kind of goods that wins apart from the ribbons & medals which prize aggressiveness to achieve a Daily Reward commendation right here.

If bread be the staff of life & water the essential with which it survives, then this chocolate serves as the fanfare for everyday indulgence; that sumptuous treat that makes it all bearable. Those dairy inflections + wafer-analogues fuse for the best of solids & fluids.

Sometimes to dramatize is to trivialize so, to spare any of that, nothing too precious here... just solid, conventional flavor upon which all chocolate bases its fame.

Soma craftily combines the works & grills up to provoke offsets against a substantial butter pad. Those flickering charred bits quite welcome & much needed really in an otherwise subtle contour of exquisitely sensitive shifts (especially in those spices) to mimic the pursuit of happiness — elusive... often better anticipated or recalled than experienced, & the paradoxical way it seems more out of reach the closer it gets.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed January 21, 2014


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