by Solstice
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (70%)
Strain Blend   
Source (Ecuador; Dominican Republic; Costa Rica)
Flavor Crossover   
Style retro-American      (modified)
Scott Querry of Solstice Chocolate excavates low to blast high. All in keeping with this bar's namesake: Wasatch -- a mountain front extending from Ogden to Provo -- which in the Ute language supposedly means "low pass over high range".
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: dark orangutan
Surface: generally clean despite flakes, release mark & stray divots
Temper: opaque
Snap: kindling bark
Aroma   7.8 / 10
a small raisin squashed by a setting cinder block of still-wet cement
musty myrrh & marshmallow root, slippery elm too
evolves to cocoa wax & turns blue in the face with anthocyanin-laden berries
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: cobblestones
Melt: stepwise
Flavor   44.8 / 50
base chocolate -> Arriba blackberry mutated into a Chuao-worthy blueberry crossing over to Conacado strawberry red, WHEW, but remains choc above all! -> blanched almonds on breadfruit spread -> slight spice (myrrh & cinnamon) -> clear wax -> rock quarry of the Aroma & Texture -> doubles down on fruit
Quality   17 / 20
Scott Querry at Solstice confides that he blends up 3 cacáo types here for which he has very little fondness: C.R., D.R., & E.R. (the latter for Ecuador which currently undergoes emergency room procedures in its CCN-riddled cacáo groves).

From this motley slew he derives old analogue flavors. None of the hi-def or brilliance seen in some bars. Semi-rough hewn on account of a medium-rare touch by Solstice.

Whatever the level of his personal disdain, this generalized humble stock overachieves (even glam-destination The Dominican Republic whose cocoa in this hails from the rather spotty Conacado co-op, & forget Costa Rica which rarely if ever contributes to satisfying chocolate). The individual origins however adhere exceedingly well for a cohesive whole. Quite the joint venture…. a nice interior alignment that points to compatibility trumping pedigree.

Who says barsmiths can't make good chocolate out of bad beans? Solstice defies the 7th Law of Chocodynamics.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed January 30 , 2014


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