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Country Switzerland   
Type Semi-Dark   (72%; Batch L21536 0757)
Strain Chuao   
Source Venezuela   (Aragua; Chuao Valley)
Flavor Earthen   (nuts)
Style Classic      
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A bar crafted in Switzerland, the home of Idilio &, at one time, William Tell. He was the 14th century marksman famous for taking down tyrants.

According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake & ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. Tell refused.

The governor then ordered him to shoot an apple off Tell's own son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded & would later escape imprisonment to kill the governor, an event that then led a rebellion & the formation of a Swiss Confederacy.

This bar also shoots the fruit off of Chuao's head & all goes nuts.
Appearance   4.5 / 5
Color: crème-rouge
Surface: pristine
Temper: regal reserve
Snap: lyrically piercing
Aroma   8.7 / 10
old timers revival:
just sweeps up the forest floor… lots of loam, humus, buggy mulch fertilizer, mushrooms & spores, + some funk in the trunk (raclette, naturally, scraped off the rocks thereabouts)
once it fully breathes out, exudes big nut woods (almonds, macs, + a few brazils thrown in too)
Mouthfeel   13.9 / 15
Texture: suede
Melt: no rush
Flavor   44.7 / 50
nut butter chocolate spread -> woolens up on bamboo against a contrastive cream fill... holds this triumvirate (nuts / wood / dairy) for the longest... a day & a year until… -> herbal custard ala quiche (wild & sweet with cocona) -> quick starfruit spritz -> deep butter toffee spiced in mace -> fleeing white fruit sweet spot (cherimoya) -> nut rages back in, on roasted chestnut
Quality   15.4 / 20
The "nuttiest" Chuao around. A straitjacketed Chuao. Constrained / confined flavor-range for the origin. Decidely underwhelming; fakes of Maracaibo or so.

Never really turns the big, bold fruits so endemic to its reputation.

So unconventional to suggest a very specific seed lot (such as Bonnat's Village Chuao). Or perhaps even tangential / proximate to the peninsula (though nowhere as far off as Domori Chuao). But with the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, one South American chocolate agent hears reports of Euro companies buying Venezuelan cocoa on the Colombian border at a deep discount. Who knows what representations are proffered in this pop-up spot market.

These latter instances seem unlikely given that Klaus Blumer of Idilio tacks an inside track in the country after marrying a daughter of Venezuela.

More likely: this represents a secondary harvest, a phenomena of flavor differential on full exposition & explanation in Szántó Tibor's 2-bar Madagascar set: Spring versus Autumn.

Still, laden with quality, as well as cocoa butter (a bulbous CBS (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio) of ~5:9:5 which stunts the profile some to recall Bonnat's other Chuao). Excellent, such as it is.

Idilio's own liner notes prove quite instructive (excepting the listed "pineapple" & "lime" which are almost never inflected in Venezuela, & especially with respect to cacáo from its the coastal redoubts, other than the weirdly fermented Mast Bros bars 81%, 76% & 70%; ergo the softer / lighter cherimoya & starfruit above).

Felchlin, the manufacturer, performs its usual medium-hi roast but wisely conches down to only 48 hours rather than its traditional 60+ hours which would've blanked an already mild chocolate into an utterly bland one.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed March 6, 2014

  

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