Ben Tre Mekong Delta

by Coppeneur
Info Details
Country Germany   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%; Lot No. 47058)
Strain Hybrid   (T Clonal Series)
Source Vietnam   (Mekong Delta; Bến Tre)
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
Coppeneur wraps these contents in a mock-parcel post (click image at right to enlarge) which vibes a cargo look surpassed only by República del Cacao whisking buyers on a tropical expedition in a bar.

The company includes a docket on the back replete with all sorts of data; some of it informative, some of it useless. For example, a roasting time (39 minutes) without any temperature setting, & a genotype of the antiquated 'Trinitario', a now-nebulous term to be utterly meaningless.

As with 2 other bars in this limited edition series (Chontalpa & Carretera Panamericana), Coppeneur addresses the package from AND to the same place, or in this case Vietnam. Quite apt for those other 2 since they should be returned to sender… delivered back to the drawing board.

But everyone should be satisfied to receive this one. The difference being that Coppeneur sourced it from the Puratos-Grand Place which has a hand in developing the Vietnamese cacáo sector (more on that in an upcoming review), whereas with Mexico & Venezuela the label brokers with parties exerting less quality control.
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: Boehner-orange & brown
Surface: another looker from Coppeneur
Temper: cosmetic-quality matte
Snap: claps
Aroma   6.6 / 10
another wooden slat 'n cheese combo from Coppeneur (possibly attributable to the quality of its cocoa butter)
dry sour
pencil lead, & leather
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: non-resistent
Melt: relatively quick clip
Flavor   43.1 / 50
sweet attack -> raw cocoa fudge 'n cream -> bar Color reflective of orange + yellowish fruits (mandarin / mango / longan / guava) -> marmalade quotient...holds this gear for the entire afternoon… add pineapple -> pre-possessed wood (bamboo) from the Aroma with modest stringent laminate
Quality   16 / 20
Pretty much conforms to the hallmarks of Bến Tre cacáo though nowhere near the tongue-twisting / heart-stopping hedonism of some Marou bars from divers parts of Vietnam.

Once again, Coppeneur goes easy on the processing except, per chance, with the cocoa butter, which creates some illegibility of Flavor. The fruit packs rather lo-def & the base notes cloaked. Indeed, this Bến Tre grows a little top-heavy with upper-register acids by the end as those bottoms fall out so that the body feels paradoxically thin (on account of soft butter) & flavor dilute.

Nonetheless, this far more accessible chocolate (re: easier) wins with its juicy sweetness.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed August 14, 2014


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