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DUARTE PROVINCE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dark
Milk

by Bar au Chocolat
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (+ Milk Chocolate)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Dominican Republic   (Duarte Province; San Francisco de Macoris)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Neo-Modern      (x retro-American)
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The Womanity of Chocolate

Some discourse reverently on women involved in chocolate (naturally, just about none of these cocoa klatches include any female chocolate makers, just female chocolate talkers) as if it rises to the level of political / social / civil rights; as if gender crafts better chocolate (well, maybe different)…. Let’s just get over it, everyone: yes, women are humans too. As with 'Black Lives Matter' -- equality & justice… for all will do just fine.

That aside, a lipstick lesbian friend from NYC visits, of all places, Wyoming, & saunters into a, who would’ve thought out in the macho-middle west, an all-female bar. She snaps & wags that the place is so hot it’s “making my tongue hard”. That’s some mighty cunning-linguistics.

With advance apologies, if any are needed, to Nicole Trutanich, the barsmith behind Bar au Chocolat (B-au-C) even farther out west in Manhattan Beach, CA, these bars might elicit the same rousing response -- from guys as well as "non-males" in this gender-fluid era.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: Dark: poly purple
Milk: orange mauve
Surface: release marks
Temper: retiring
Snap: shy hush
Aroma   7.9 / 10
Dark
follows suit on B-au-C's other Darks
slate granite -> dry powdered-mix yeast-cocktail leads to dried fruit, flora &, taxidermist special, fauna

Milk
not yo mommy's Milk Choc
an artist's atelier featuring fine plaster of paris with an apricotta blush (terra cotta-apricot)
Mouthfeel   13.2 / 15
Texture: silk powder to...
Melt: ... a pulp gel
Flavor   45.6 / 50
Dark
dried fruit extravaganza, just spilling & ripping it (sapote / passion fruit / apricot / currants... among others!) backed in light stone & soft wood works -> mulberry -> molasses / licorice drops as well as a passing mint moment -> custard fudge

Milk
big date in a dried-fruit milk shake... just rolls the coaster like that forever -> trace caustic backdrop (goat milk kick but from dairy cows!) -> caramelized guava (nice) -> backs off Milk Choc apricot
Quality   18 / 20
Dark
70%; San Francisco de Marcorís

D.R. in the panoply of its full dark glory
Very concentrated.
Solid intensity..
Stretched length...
Basically a sport sedan limo.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Milk

Damn unique.
Deft inclusion of cocoa butter (most B-au-C bars exclude it) to balance the nonfat milk & boost the overall heft both in taste & texture as decidedly chocolate (60% cacao-content at that) with the dairy showing more as a condiment to it.
This woman has some touch.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, nonfat milk powder

Reviewed January 22, 2016

  

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