by Franceschi
Info Details
Country Venezuela   
Type Dark   (70%; Lot # 210414)
Strain Criollo   
Source Venezuela   (Sucre State; Paria Peninsula; Hacienda San José)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   (in tandem with more)
Style Neo-Modern      
The lyrics of a traditional Venezuelan song depict the arduous trails in Aragua Province in that country:
Préstame tu burra pa'ir pa' Choroní
Si tu burra es buena,
Yo vuelvo a venir…

Lend me your donkey to go to Choroní
If your donkey is good,
I could come back ... )
Idilio's Finca Torres was the first Choroní ever to hit the premium market. Consider this bar by Franceschi the return trip with an "open jaw" segment, to use a travel industry term.

They parallel each other in many ways despite Casa Franceschi transplanting clones from the original Choroni Valley to their estate in Paría.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: brown tickled pink
Surface: Domori-like tablet (a mere 30 grams) scored into quadrants
Temper: flatscreen TV-quality matte
Snap: rocks for such a thin pour
Aroma   9.1 / 10
3 hi-def & distinct scents:
a) morning grass; b) soft wood (bamboo); c) light nut (cashew)… indelibly fresh & oxidized by a stream to sum up a chocolate meadow brook
then grass gives way to tobacco & hay
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: taut, thick pudding
Melt: pro-last-inator
Flavor   46.8 / 50
cream immediately unto dark café au lait -> black mulberry -> chicory -> almond -> tarragon-licorice / spice 'n herb combo -> tonka bean in hay -> turgid vanilla custard, sweet underside -> deglet noor date skins
Quality   17.5 / 20
Texture so thick & turgid it almost obstructs Flavor except it too consolidates a dense-pack.

Those flavor points very contiguous to one another (no divergent highs counterpoised against lows) & heavy flavor loads (which still, paradoxically, streamlines / mainlines a supple flexion of grounded blacks & browns). All of them excellent without any extraneous notes.

Similar to Idilio / Felchlin, recent Domoris, & Rogues, these superior barsmiths rarely excite the senses anymore. They just luxuriantly bath them. The difference between bubbles versus milk & honey. Each of these barsmiths calibrate their respective profiles meticulously, on occasion even exceedingly.

Some might sigh 'boring' while others will be too enmeshed in the hush of this chocolate to dissent.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed August 19, 2014


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