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Mild Dark

by Orquidea
Info Details
Country Peru   
Type Dark   (65%; Lot OT003-090614)
Strain Amazon   
Source Peru   (San Martin)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   (mainly)
Style Rustic      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
High in the Peruvian Andes where the Cuna de Yawar Fiesta takes place, the event pits a condor against a bull to symbolize the aboriginal fight & flight over the conquistadores.

This bar practically does the same with cacáo seeds & cane sugar.
Appearance   3.5 / 5
Color: darker than its 72% sib
Surface: obsure
Temper: opaque
Snap: sound plunk
Aroma   8.1 / 10
tannins… leather -> vinyl
fine herbs (green tea; tobacco; yerba mate)
sacha inchi
softer, smaller woods than Big Bro 72%
ignites tobacocoa
Mouthfeel   13.6 / 15
Texture: textbook & riveting
Melt: swollen
Flavor   45.4 / 50
candied gooseberry (beautiful) -> simple chocolate rolls molten over retracted florals (honeysuckle & hibiscus) -> delicately refreshing pulp of achachairú -> sweet mango & sweeter papaya (terrific) -> smooth pliable wood counter -> looming dark bitter in the recesses (black olive) checked by lucuma sweetener -> agile granadilla -> bitter shank
Quality   16.7 / 20
Mild alright, with a bite. Bitter meets sugar in a test of wills. Both win.

This bar trades the insularity of Orquidea's 72% by seemingly swapping out some butter for more sugar & possibly more cocoa mass too. Which allows a playoff pitting sweet vs. bold -- the former dominating the early & middle frames, galvanizing those fruit accents, while the latter prevails toward the finish, carrying the more aggressive compounds forward… running a bit untamed, even wild, at the end in a contrastive highlight to what preceded it.

Confirms recent assessment of this company & its particular allotment of cocoa. Orquidea continues its eye (& mouth)-opening progress.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed August 4, 2014

  

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