Venezuela (Patanemo); Peru (Chulucanas); Milk 40

by Cacao Atlanta
Info Details
Country USA   
Type (75% cacáo-content; 40% cacáo-content)
Strain Criollo   (generalized Criollo grouping; + Amazon [Peru])
Source Venezuela   (+ Peru)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Rustic      
Cacáo Atlanta... the Southern Belle of American chocolate.
Appearance   3.7 / 5
Color: faded
Surface: dimples, bubbles & lots of frozen motion
Temper: the proverbial 'flat as Georgia asphalt'
Snap: all plucked up
Aroma   7.6 / 10
Venezuela (Patanemo)
bark, topsoil, vegetal vines

Peru (Chulucanas)
about as close to a black tea bag as a bar ever gets

Milk 40
among the woodiest MCs ever, at any percentage
Mouthfeel   12.9 / 15
Texture: thick
Melt: patient
Flavor   38.7 / 50
Venezuela (Patanemo)
brown sugar 'n cocoa -> star anise -> biscuit -> turns considerably darker toward licorice while retaining the flour base now graham crackering some into a spice bread, including kola -> cream seam, then an almondine ending

Peru (Chulucanas)
black raisin in black tea -> black olive heralds serious bitter -> salted molasses -> burlap & other coarse fabrics -> stringent limestone (interpreted as "passionfruit" by the liner notes)

Milk 40
cereal grains -> spices (including brown sugar) -> malted-salted caramel -> powdered-dry white flower segues into milk powder marks -> terminates in that fabric pattern of Chulucanas (above) with a malted-cocoa weave
Quality   14 / 20
Venezuela (Patanemo)
75% cacáo-content; Lot 081141.01
Patanemo represents the poor orphan of sorts for Venzy chocolate. To lift it out of the ghetto there, Cacáo Atlanta elects to pair it with raw cane sugar & flavor abundantly evidences it. In the process the raw cane squashes the advertised red tones. Nonetheless, the best Patanemo since Mast Bros' way back when.
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, raw cane sugar

Peru (Chulucanas)
75% cacáo-content; Lot 0701132.03
Promising start turns awful & regrettable.
Mediocre. A prone seed lot experienced before in French Broad's equally plagued Chulucanas 81%. Raw cane sugar simply futile here; in fact it exacerbates this regional cacáo's sickly sap-sweet tendencies.
Avoid it.
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, raw cane sugar

Milk 40
40% cacáo-content; Blend 29; Lot 1024122.10
Sub-integration creates a sort of home-cooking comfort fare.
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, cocoa butter, milk powder, raw cane sugar

Capsule Summary
Business savvy over crafts(wo)manship.

Reviewed June 4, 2015


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