Madagascar 75%

by twenty-four blackbirds
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (75%; Lot 195)
Strain Blend   
Source Madagascar   (Sambirano Valley)
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
It was a beautiful thing… walking tirelessly up the West Side Highway. Usually, like constantly, this thoroughfare on Manhattan’s left bank courses with high speed vehicular traffic, the isand’s unofficial racetrack for top-dollar muscle-cars otherwise constrained by its avenues. Just days ago a motorcylist ended up underneath one. But the other night pedal power ruled – bipedal locomotion – the original means of travel that, if evolutionary theory is to be believed, propelled humanity from the caves & into the heavens.

It walked past the point along the river where Capt. Sully put the plane down, then north to the spot Lou “the Glue” Carr (who pasted together the Beatniks) dumped his stalker / lover’s body, right across the street from the home grounds where these chocolate reviews are generated.

A week prior a much smaller group of protesters marched this way. Small because most NYers were unmoved by the Ferguson shooting.

But this site’s about chocolate. True, except as one specialist in the field praised:
the C-spot is the most complete & accurate source of info on cacao & chocolate that is not for "researchers in research language" – it looks beyond figures, into trends, sociology, fashions, marketing &... chocolate!

So for those who insist here’s another review on a bar sourced from Madagascar. the C-spot® Chocolate Census houses over 100 such bars from that country. It hardly needs another.

The whole overarching global system needs a review though… a task well beyond the scope of this humble site. Something this forum dabbles in every now & then with respect to the wayward chocolate industry because it shapes a microcosm of the world at large. show more »
Appearance   4.5 / 5
Color: orange umber
Surface: feather design imprinted into the bar
Temper: semi-neutral
Snap: on the mark; strong siding along the break ridge
Aroma   7.9 / 10
one of the most unusual Madagascar scents -- balsamic artichoke vinaigrette
diffuses toward more traditional tart-tea
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: tough beginning… turns silken
Melt: quick step; hydrates
Flavor   44 / 50
very berry opening, streaking from yellow to red (golden raspberries to cranberries) -> caramelized furans run beneath, the buffer to a Vitamin C-strength fruit train
Quality   16.2 / 20
Traditional Madagascar invoking classic tones in a rather austere configuration. At 75%, nice tolerance for a seed type that militates for more sugar content.

This origin now serves as a sort of benchmark in the premium niche seeing how many barsmiths craft with it. As such, twenty-four blackbirds performs commendably in meeting a standard of quality expected from this island's cacáo.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed December 10, 2014


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