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      
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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