Info Details
Country Netherlands   
Type Dark   (80%; Lot G41434 1123)
Strain Blend   
Source (South America; Africa)
Flavor Earthen   
Style Old School      
A Dutch proverb goes that high trees catch a lot of wind. To further state the obvious, those who standout must deal with whatever blows their way.

By christening this a grand cru & touting its pedigree, Original Beans from The Netherlands sets the bar very high. Perhaps, at least initially, beyond reach.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: polychrome: leaning toward the red end of the spectrum
Surface: pro grade
Temper: dim sun
Snap: wound up & cuffed
Aroma   8.7 / 10
thick chocolate fudge / hash studded with toasted cocoa nuts
develops into very fine-sliced / fine-scented prosciutto-cocoa
all backed by an ebony support tree with tea leaves
Mouthfeel   13.5 / 15
Texture: voluptuous 5-star porn mattress
Melt: easy flexion
Flavor   39.8 / 50
the demurely hammy Aroma tips this off
pure chocolate hit -> walnut -> grounded some into topsoil & fungi… yes, black truffle -> black wood (Gliricidia septum aka madre de cacao -- of some bitter strip bark) -> grouses slightly with minerals + metal to recall an even higher percentage (unsweetened 100) -> char barely held in check by onboard fat / lipids -> burnt coffee grounds (very Virunga) -> miraculously grows sweet around a red element (moraberry) whose finger probes to the finish as the rest of the progression reverts back to the top of walnut / wood -> faint blue cheese vein in the far release
Quality   14.6 / 20
Original Beans (OB) celebrates its 5th year by throwing a cocoa bean party in this bar from some of the cacáo sources upon which it built its mission to save the planet, one chocolate at a time. It guards the constituent origins of this proprietary formula like a state secret, other than to point in the generalized directions of South America & Africa. Given the label's track record, safe to state that Congo & probably Piura join the mix while the fruit apparition suggests Bení whose usual purple hue, if truly included here, assumes a dark red countenance.

Whatever the specifics, another superpower blend in league with Centenario and Domori IL100%. Few of them live up to their pedigrees, the exceptions being 3 Amigos by Soma or the less heralded Cravve's Southern 7.

Where some crash & burn spectacularly, this performs a soft belly landing & smolders for the most part despite a roasting curve here that rivals the hot-bottoned Pralus more than OB's customary manufacturer -- the comparatively gentle-handed Felchlin.

A little butter pad that Europeans typically champion &/or cooling the roast would provide some added definition, clarity, & even levity.

The hefty 80% cacáo-content, however, hikes its rating to an acceptable enough threshold.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed October 6, 2014


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