Papua New Guinea

by Mānoa
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (72%; Batch 349-12/15)
Strain Hybrid   (of some Criollo germplasm)
Source Papua New Guinea   (Morobe Province; Markham Estate)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Rustic      
Large-footed Megapode birds flock around Papua New Guinea (PNG). Rather than brood their eggs, females bury them in massive nest-mounds of decaying vegetation that males then tend. Their chicks are superprecocial, meaning they hatch in a very mature state that includes open eyes, feathers &, in some species, the ability to fly right from the start.

This bar goes on a reverse course: it begins by just soaring, wide-open flavor right at the front, before burrowing into the ground.
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: mole brown
Surface: plastic Xfer nucleation
Temper: blinding… wear shades
Snap: tightly wound; hi stress shear
Aroma   8.1 / 10
chocolate-fired furnace
yes, smoking' cocoa & flaming peat moss at phenomenal intensity as though directly downwind from PNG
softens to smooth wet horse back
Mouthfeel   11.3 / 15
Texture: desiccated
Melt: frags & curdles
Flavor   38.9 / 50
grilled chocolate infused with fruits galore (berries & pear + a dried one too… apricotish) -> roasted uncommon nut (wild karuka aka Pandanus antaresensis) against some expressed juice (yellow champedak pulp) & here the profile breaksdown some, splits apart, bifurcating into stump juice on top vs. roots / wood on the bottom -> smoking bitters -> soil / ground dirt -> more smoke / fire remnants -> winds up well enough on toasted almond closer
Quality   14.6 / 20
Pretty stupendous 1st quarter or so.

Controlled smoke (as far as most PNGs go), but could stand a bit more refinement to meld the back end into a more seamless unit.

As presently constituted, the compounds eventually struggle with each other, building to a tension that verges on a fight or even a clash but manages to resolve calmly, if somewhat smoldering, toward that almond inflection.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed October 1, 2014


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