Bolivia, Alto Beni; Dominican Republic, Öko Caribe

by Parliament
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (70%)
Strain Blend   
Source (Bolivia; Dominican Republic)
Flavor (Naked; Fruits / Flowers)
Style Neo-Modern      
A Chocolate Daily Double –- 2 reviews in 1. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect a composite average of each bar's individual measures.


Parliament in session & finally getting something done… legislating good taste.

And pretty straight ahead / unequivocal save for a brief Funkadelic bump 'n grind in the D.R. Öko.
Appearance   3.7 / 5
Color: saddle brown
Surface: chunky compact mold
Temper: struggling
Snap: orotund
Aroma   7.4 / 10
Bolivia, Alto Beni
the open olive pit inside the corner deli slicing cold cuts with plastic gloves

Dominican Republic, Öko Caribe
presents flat D.O.A. ala Fruition's, then turns up tacky resin & sticky fruit that adhere to one another
Mouthfeel   13.6 / 15
Texture: body slammers
Melt: ad infinitum
Flavor   44 / 50
Bolivia, Alto Beni
buttery cocoa hash (what Parliament glorifies as "black truffle") -> fudge brownie -> green walnut -> green banana peel

Dominican Republic, Öko Caribe
light graham crackering -> tannic cocoa heralds a good back black-bitter of moderate bite & release -> Oreo® soaked in slow rising granadilla-rum -> cardboard mold in the recesses -> "plumagranate" florescence (in a nod & a wink to the Middlebury version) -> chicory
Quality   16.4 / 20
A very promising barsmith who aligns profiles with respect in the quest to be correct, as evidenced by fairly astute (& rarely so) tasting notes. Neither of these 2 bars blow-aways / mind benders but both exhibit solid budding craft.

Bolivia, Alto Beni
Batch 000013
Unidimensional & still one of the better Alto Benís to be found due to this region's checkered track record (oft too little taming of these shrews). Parliament equalizes it into a sort of origin-free zone by roasting up, knocking out a squarely plain straightforward chocolate of appreciable CQ (Chocolate Quotient for baseline cocoa flavor free of [m]any under/overtones).

Dominican Republic, Öko Caribe
Batch 000026
Really auspicious start upended by the moldy finish. No worries, this bar contains plenty of positive compounds, including the controlled bitter for contrast, to overcome & indeed overwhelm defects.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed April 29, 2015


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