Cacao 62%

by Kahkow
Info Details
Country Dominican Republic   
Type Semi-Dark   (62% closing in on Dark; Lot No. 70-000056)
Strain Blend   
Source Dominican Republic   (Cibao Valley)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Classic      
For egotistical barsmiths, so invested in their works, chocolate is the certainty of being right.

Over the years the C-spot® has learned the long hard way that chocolate is the art of uncertainty.

Take this 62%. Compare to its 70% brethren.

Egos… start scratching your heads.
Appearance   4 / 5
Color: poly-chrome purple
Surface: grease splatter & mylar wrapper transfer + generalized scratchitti
Temper: unfazed by it all
Snap: big for its percentage, bigger than its big bro
Aroma   8.3 / 10
greater fruit detailing than its 70% stable-mate with all its baser elements too, save for swapping out the lead No. 2 pencil for a blue ink well
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: gum ball for...
Melt: …. some tremendous length
Flavor   41.5 / 50
signs write in where the Aroma left off with bilberry -> candy corn (been awhile since detecting this is chocs) on the edge of glucose / HFCS -> rich sapote -> licorice twist -> curls off a bit figgy -> cocoa caramel -> vanilla oak in the post-presence with a fleck of green tea
Quality   15.3 / 20
Respectable for 62%.

The semi-raw cane sugar (well over a third of the bar) really shapes & directs much of the action -- both in sweetness (that cloying glucose) & flavor (licorice verging on molasses).

More dynamic, strangely, than its less sweet 70% sib. More on-point for the origin too. This only resembles that after it gets done clearing away the fruit frames at the beginning & middle stages to reveal the common caramel. The net result attributable in part to vanilla restraint here, as well as possible seasonality &/or seed selection.

The formulation leaves the profile a little obscure but, again, a good enough outline for the percentage. A little more weight in favor of cocoa mass would create higher def without straying from its Semi-Dark range.

Or so the conjecture for maybe nobody will ever really have all the answers to this science of chocolate alchemy & that's alright as long as it still sends shivers & causes wonder.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, lecithin

Reviewed March 21, 2014


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