70% with Nibs
70% with Sea Salt

by Montecristi
Info Details
Country Ecuador   
Type Semi-Dark   (70% cacáo-content;; Batch #160201CMC70)
Strain Nacional   (partial germplasm)
Source Ecuador   (Manabí; Canuto)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
Sourced from the Fortaleza del Valle co-op by a princess of cacáo & an impresario of chocolate -- Susana Cárdenas, whose resplendence -- both sartorial & intrinisic -- is reflected in this bar.

She so deeply passionate & thoroughly captivating of the matter & manner of all things chocolate to personify Pedro Calderon de la Barca's maxim: When love is not madness, it is not love.
Appearance   4.1 / 5
Color: pink-eyed brown
Surface: swirly (70%) or studly (sprinkled with Nibs) & sparky (Sea Salt)
Temper: coy...
Snap: ... ditto
Aroma   7.8 / 10
dry-stone pertrifies a once dripping ferment into pining bromeliads & cottoned florals
add ishpinga in parts &, with the sea-salted bar, raisin + melon(!!)
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: twixt smooth & crunch...
Melt: .... ergo wayward at times
Flavor   44.9 / 50
orange blossom zing expresses orange juice -> rolls over to stoned-cocoa backed in a clear / clean bitter (quite welcome) -> swabs up more florals (hibiscus) around a mallow root (terrific) -> citrus caramel

70% with Nibs
splashes right in on blackberry chocolate, immediate & pronounced attack, supported by wooded nut faction... holds its demeanor despite Nibs buttressing the frame with some twine from vine (the latter producing a soffitted grape) -> cottons up a late-breaking white petal -> aft-tone bromeliad

70% with Sea Salt
another instant attack, salt just lifting the compounds in the profile, mostly basal cocoa at the entrance shifting to a granadilla-level citrus -> final salt bath tilts toward chocolate martini
Quality   16.7 / 20
Pretty true to type in all ways.

Wow, that 70% just a perfumery of fragrance; tantalizing & seductive in its Flavor as well Textural caresses. A damn-near masterwork.

The other 2 show distinct sides of this cacáo. One (Nibs) bolder while the other transmutes florals with salt to effectively vaporize them in a cocktail.

For Montecristi, a most promising start.

Reviewed July 15, 2016


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