Info Details
Country France   
Type Milk Chocolate   (46% cacáo-content; LP7514051)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Dominican Republic   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   (+ Sugar)
Style Mainstream      
46% cacáo-content resounds with all the churn of a good-sized pipe wave for a Milk Choc.

In truth Valrhona never really does Dark-Milk & goes coastal beach front instead -- ala Playa Bayahibe, D.R. -- & softens the tides with oceans of cocoa butters that froth up, then stone-wash dreams of light chocolate sand castles.
Appearance   3.6 / 5
Color: brown-tickled-pink
Surface: scuffed & scratched (rare for Valrhona to show so disheveled as though Blek le Rat – the French graffiti artist -- had a hand at this)
Temper: flat
Snap: bit of a deaf mute

Aroma   7.8 / 10
heavy-cream caramel + a smidgen of wet doggie dryin' out in the sun
Mouthfeel   10.5 / 15
Texture: Wax Factor™
Melt: gummed up custard (also reflected in the Flavor)
Flavor   39.2 / 50
fat wax -> bland cream quotient -> vanilla caramel peeks about… -> egg cream & bar on with date-flan -> infant formula cocoa
Quality   14.7 / 20
Hi-quality pablum with the full complement of Milk Chocolate make-up:
INGREDIENTS: sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, lecithin, vanilla extract
Note the order of appearance: sugar & butter take precedence. Shades of another Valrhona Milk Choc butter-strangler -- Jivara. They generate a useless 1st half... until that turning point whence vanilla drives the cream & latent cocoa home. In keeping with one of fats' attributes, this carries for an appreciable length, thus allowing flavor to slowly unfold over a fairly satisfying concourse in duration at least, if not much in the way of profile range.

As such & all told, this tastes origin-neutral despite utilizing the glam 'go-to' destination cacáo nuts from The D.R.

Reviewed September 17, 2014


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