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Vanuatu 83%

by Cravve
Info Details
Country Australia   
Type Dark   (83%; Batch #a1703)
Strain Amelonado   
Source Vanuatu   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Rustic      
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Cravve re-ups its lowly Vanuatu 64% for this emboldened 83%. Instead of cutting its losses, it protects sunk capital costs by going in deeper.

In the process, Peter Mengler of Cravve takes a bad bar & makes it "baddder".
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: crimson...
Surface: … tides / eddies on the back
Temper: neutral
Snap: good cleavage
Aroma   7.5 / 10
opens up a barn loaded with livestock
tar, molasses, coconuts & humus on the outside
drives into a wooded preserve
Mouthfeel   11.3 / 15
Texture: rubbery lumps
Melt: listless
Flavor   42.6 / 50
chocolate licorice -> better spices -- kola & sassafras -> faint eucalyptus -> some unnatural petrol-firing (char & tar) overtakes the organics which in turn hold their own to overcome with green banana palm (quite stringent but tolerable) that never turn however, at least at this juncture of its aging process, into the promised 'green apple' -> mild wax -> sweet herbal... caramelized kewda (Pandanus odoratissimus) -> kava-chicory finish
Quality   14.1 / 20
Pretty well behaved for an 83%, especially considering the mechanical kiln-drying these seeds underwent.

A significant update / upgrade from the prior Vanuatu 64%.

Cravve really improved the profile on this, starting with better sourcing right thru to the manufactory stage.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed May 1, 2014

  

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