Rustic Crunch
Bourbon Barrel Aged

by Fruition
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (70% cacáo-content + Nibs; Milk Chocolate 61%)
Strain Amazon   
Source Peru   (Tumbes; Co-op Norandino)
Flavor Crossover   
Style New School      
EXPANDED REVIEW: below are segments of 2 bars from Fruition -- Rustic Crunch originally featured in October 2014 & Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Chocolate in 2015. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect a composite average of each bar's individual measures.
Perfect Halloween fodder to get everybody's spooky on…. including trolls & goblins… complete with fright-night optics & tongue-twisitng feelies.

Ultimately harmless seeing how Fruition turns down the cauldron, reduces the Maillard Reactions, & practically shuts the power off on the grinder prior to plunging zombie-skeletons without skulls into chocolate euphoria. Even they somehow manage to bite down & lick it all up.
Appearance   4.6 / 5

the look of fruition in deep stellar space

Color: twilight brown
Surface: scattered Nib-back for star night / interstellar dust
Temper: waxed vinyl
Snap: a wire cutter
Aroma   8.5 / 10
Rustic Crunch
cacáo verde
banana, of course (Nibs influence)
classic riparian forces (woods, leaves, soil, fungi along the banks of the riverbed & sediment)
airs a billowing spice draft swirling about the brown spectrum (clove / cinnamon / cardamon / allspice)
musty cupboard on the fringe

Bourbon Barrel Aged
coffee pound cake; check that, correction, MOCHA pound cake
bourbon heats up & complexes exponentially including but not limited to oak, hemp, & flax linen
Mouthfeel   14 / 15
Texture: Nib Crispies™
Melt: dissolves without decomposing
Flavor   45.4 / 50
Rustic Crunch
green cocoa detected in the Aroma carries over on the tongue -> sweet sugar-crystaliized ginger -> banana-pineapple -> cherimoya -> low granadilla -> coconut -> under-spices + that cupboard -> a good passing bitter

Bourbon Barrel Aged
cherrywood (including the blossom + fruit) -> bourbon accentuated by marzipan -> those Aromatic woods (above) at sublimated levels -> toasted flan top -> rye
Quality   17.8 / 20
Rustic Crunch
Talk about tropical: pina colada in a bar.

Terrific distribution of Nibs. Some bars just toss 'em in haphazardly. Fruition ensures that they disseminate evenly. This creates incredible consistency in the Texture for a Nibs-Chocolate Combine, partially attributable to an overall coarse grind by Fruition standards which aligns better because of it. Hence, the reason for the green / raw cocoa tags too.

Both the cinnamon & vanilla additives amount to near traces rather than pronounced flavorings. Together with the other components they all galvanize perfumes that otherwise would never register; certainly beyond what Tumbes cacáo offers on its own (see Barsmiths™ or French Broad's version).

Fruition clearly on a roll.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, cinnamon
Reviewed October 28, 2014

Bourbon Barrel Aged
Milk Chocolate; 61% cacáo-content; Batch 1

Aged for 3 months in bourbon barrels to recall similar experiments by Raaka and Soma. Those worked off of pedigreed seeds; this enhances & elevates humble stock.

Tastes of added flavor rather than just ingrained influences. Hardly any Milk Chocolate handles here at all; that's how amalgamated Fruition makes it. Some may demur such, as well as the exuberant character of the barrel aging, especially the cherry-almond reduction, in a case of 'too good'. Drop it down a month & maybe this distills ever more rarefied.

As is, deserves a spot in the pantheon of the gods' dessert trolley alongside Corallo's Grand Kru.

Oh, & the Textural body just coats the olfactory nerves... massively.

Rates on its own a 9.3+.

Reviewed June 30, 2015


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