Info Details
Country Netherlands   
Type White Chocolate   (40% cacáo-butter content; Lot No. W41232 2330)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Dominican Republic   (Yuna River - Cibao Valley; Cafriesa?)
Flavor Naked   
Style Neo-Modern      
A "Noble White" (Edel Weiss) from the Dutch Original Beans label but manufactured in Switzerland where one of humanity's undisputed geniuses was schooled:

Try & penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature & you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible & inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond comprehension is religious. – Einstein
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: ivory
Surface: porcelain-smooth
Temper: shining blade
Snap: pliant
Aroma   9.1 / 10
warm White-Chocolate mousse of scalded milk + toasted cocoa butter
ventilates croissants
exceptional due to the evidence of vanilla absence
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: glycerin
Melt: albumen
Flavor   43.6 / 50
honey -> cake frosting -> lightly caustic milk proteins -> salt pinch -> distant citrus (lemon) -> the oven-baked Aromatics (above) hit home at the close
Quality   16.9 / 20
A world beater in weight (few Whites tip 30% let alone 40%) but standard in taste, even somewhat subtle (save for those salty FXs probably derived from Swiss Alpine dairy), despite a) no added vanilla & b) the aforementioned inordinately high 40% content. Strange.

All because for some inexplicable reason Original Beans (OB) chose to neuter this otherwise purist approach by selecting a deodorized cocoa butter, thus neutralizing the formulation? To employ a non-deodorized variety would risk those uncontrolled intangibles or flavor offsets beyond what OB might wish to stomach?

All the same, who's to say the label errs when this solid bar betters 90% of the Whites out there. No one because in truth, according to OB's CEO Philipp Kauffmann, he has longed for "a quality organic, natural butter that doesn't get in the way. Now, even more than ever, we think we found it ;-)".

Ahhh, non-deodorized, after all. Highly, perhaps excessively, filtered. In which case OB could apply a little less Einstein to this White Chocolate & tip it toward 55% for added essence.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa butter, sugar, milk powder

Reviewed October 29, 2014


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