Costa Rica

by Tabal
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (70%)
Strain Hybrid   (TSH 565 IMC 67; ICS 1/6/8/40/60/95; UF 29/221/296)
Source Costa Rica   
Flavor Sugar   
Style Old School      (Flavor rather than Technique)
Tabal trying to reach the moon by climbing a tree (Theobroma cacáo specifically) &, like Eminem rapped, too busy gazing at the stars to notice the pitfalls... into which this eventually sinks.
Appearance   2.9 / 5
Color: sepia
Surface: strives mightily but lots of flaws -- rippling, sub-bubbling, divots (especially in corner-pockets), gashes, & even curdles
Temper: strong bounce-back
Snap: light along the scored lines; fortified within the tiles themselves
Aroma   9 / 10
intense fragrance of rich caramel & vanilla-musk
dried tropical vines & plants
a lone nut
oh, plus some very potent roasted cocoa
Mouthfeel   12.5 / 15
Texture: inviting
Melt: timely
Flavor   40.3 / 50
twee sweet chocolate -> dark sweetness (basically amber molasses stripped of its minerals or cane syrup) -> sugared coffee berry (nice) -> black bitter in a sugar pill -> those tropical greens in the Aroma -> licorice sets up straight molasses (sucrose removed from the earlier syrup), whence this assumes a more typical Costa Rican countenance -> maintains a bitter-molasses rail 'til the finish -> gripping astringency + caustic vanilla orchid bean
Quality   15.1 / 20
Opening third to first-half present real invention & guile. Alas, it fails to hold that.

Where many Dark chocolate bars contain notes of molasses, such as Duffy's molasses jar-in-a-bar, this one practically encapsulates the stepwise production of it.

To produce molasses requires multiple reductions. It starts by boiling sugar cane juice, to concentrate & crystallize the compounds. The result of the initial boiling, called First Syrup aka Cane Syrup, measures the highest sugar content in the process. A 2nd boiling extracts more sugar & possesses slight bitterness. The 3rd & final boil yields blackstrap molasses in which the majority of sucrose from the original juice has been boiled off, leaving behind trace vitamins & significant minerals.

Forget owning a sugar plantation, just buy this bar instead. It's quicker & cheaper.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla

Reviewed October 9, 2014


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