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Belize

by Ritual
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (75%; Batch 020; 2012 Harvest)
Strain Hybrid   (of some Criollo germplasm)
Source Belize   (Toledo District; Moho River Valley)
Flavor Twang   
Style retro-American      
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Research indicates that 75% of couples do not hook up with their true love, a figure eerily similar to the percentage in consuming-economies that eats some form of chocolate everyday.

Instead they’re most likely having sex with someone who's thinking of somebody else & sleeping with whoever in a failed attempt to ease the loss of their heartbreaker.

A tragi-nightmare turned rom-com when something silly like both partners discover their joint passion for chocolate. Hey, now that's a reason to stick together.

Hmmmm, maybe chocolate’s therefore the surrogate for a missing loved one.

Like this bar.

It ain’t that great but it’ll do.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: red eye
Surface: rippling
Temper: antique finish
Snap: tough as a manhole-cover
Aroma   7.3 / 10
evocative
cocoyol palm fronds, pliable sapodilla wood & soft rock around a low campfire… an ode to Maya Angelou's (R.I.P.) On the Pulse at Morning
recessed fruit in the way of lightly smoked raisin
controlled all the way around
Mouthfeel   13.5 / 15
Texture: lace...
Melt: … right in the slipstream
Flavor   40.7 / 50
gradients of choc (mild to strong) until gradient fruit (raisin -> grape) -> ham sausage links -> souring & tannins -> grapefruit -> breadfruit signals a cream ending -> stringent back
Quality   15.4 / 20
Ritual working off a 2012 Harvest, perhaps the last of the experimental ferments before Maya Mountain -- this cacáo's cultivators -- found its game & turned in some bumper crops that found full flowering in it's chocolate's Belize bar. This one however more closely tracks with the Dick Taylor release & thus achieves about the same standing. Too many acids, bitters & tannins to contain.

Crafted reasonably & responsibly though, of what was delivered. A case of what comes in must go out.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed June 6, 2014

  

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