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Madagascar 2014

by Soma
Info Details
Country Canada   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%; Batch M27)
Strain Blend   (including Criollo group)
Source Madagascar   (Sambirano Valley)
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
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The sacred lake of Amparihy in Taolagnaro, Madagascar was where royals spiritually cleansed themselves &, as ruling representatives, the nation at large.

This bar contains enough acidic fruits to disinfect while feeding it whole.
Appearance   4.1 / 5
Color: violet orange
Surface: pristine save for some micro-bubbling
Temper: inconsiderable
Snap: so true
Aroma   8.7 / 10
malted orange caramel
hallmark juniper for the origin
Mouthfeel   13.2 / 15
Texture: imperially light
Melt: easy going
Flavor   44.6 / 50
flushes in bright & light… berries (straw - rasp - cran) -> sweet but brief caramel -> orange blossom -> citrus (lemons - limes - pineapples) -> sour gin 'n tonic -> cedar & vetiver
Quality   17.3 / 20
Back in the Naughts when this site first reviewed Soma's early Madagascar bar, it rivaled a construction zone / work in progress. Then around 2009, things changed & Soma upped its game. Same goes for today except now, 62 Batches later, it knows this origin like the front of its keyboard & can pull this off while it tweets all day. Ditto the C-spot® scripting reviews such as these.

In the process Soma, in conjunction with this recent vintage, does away with the flooring & builds what amounts to a citrus ceiling. Very little bottom end to speak of… mostly all upper register volatiles for a rather classic / archetypal Madagascar -- acidulation the keyword for this island cacáo.

Alluring as a mermaid out of the sea but imbalanced as those sirens of mythology.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed May 19, 2014

  

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