Vega Reál

by Crío Brü
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Nibs   (pulverized)
Strain Blend   
Source Dominican Republic   
Flavor Crossover   (Fruits/Flowers x Spices/Herbs)
Style Old School      
The following pertains to beverage cocoa, the 3rd rail in the chocolate delivery system after bars & bombones. Drafts, after all, are the original way to take chocolate, dating back at least some 5,000 years ago.


No penny reál but vega reál for "royal meadow" in reference to the gran cacáos coming off the island of The Dominican Republic.

Offshore swims the biggest fish in the world -- the giant whale shark -- which grows to nearly 60 feet or the length of 2 school buses. Whale Sharks weigh over 25 tons & eat mainly plankton with their 4,000+ teeth -- each piercing needles only 3 mm long.

This beverage splashes about really nicely with some fruit 'n spices beneath the surface.

But make no mistake: beware -- sooner or later a cup of this rocks the boat.

Got Your Back
Appearance   3.4 / 5
Color: light tan with golden husks
Surface: fine meal
Temper: n/a; dry goods
Snap: n/a
Aroma   9.4 / 10
hilarious banana-split / ice-cream sundae, sprinkles + cherry top included
Mouthfeel   12.1 / 15
Texture: medium-bodied
Melt: n/a
Flavor   43.4 / 50
brutish ground nuts (+ brazil nut skins) -> cocoa-chicory (call it 'chocory') -> toasted cereal grains -> tapenade -> no real florals but dirt under the flower -> latent fruit awaiting catalytic sugar conversion -> spice (nutmeg / cardamom) beautifies some healthy bitters
Quality   16.2 / 20
Jarring for the first-time user but the hedonics of D.R. -- one of chocolate's perennial 'go-to' destinations -- are undeniable if dormant.

The tongue can easily taste how this will project out as an even greater sensory experience in a finished bar.

Excellent, as is, such as it is -- whether an unsweetened mulch / mash of cocoa nuts (skins included) or a hot draft.

A cup to make believers out of skeptics that brewed cocoa can rival coffee.

INGREDIENTS: whole seed cocoa

Reviewed March 25, 2014


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