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Papua N. Guinea

by Holy Cacao
Info Details
Country Israel   
Type Dark   (70% cacáo-content)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Papua New Guinea   (New Britain; Gunanur)
Flavor Naked   (x Earthen)
Style Classic      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Shrinking population on The Carteret atolls of Papua New Guinea -- known as the sinking islands overrun by flood &/or rising sea levels -- came to the world's attention for the first human relocation caused by, some proclaim, climate-change. Despite the 'leader of the free world' reciting scripture about turning back the waters & healing the planet, trash around the globe continues to pile up, CO2 emissions increase & humans, one person observes, form a locust plague. Meanwhile a few folks in PNG still cling to their blowguns with poisoned dart, bows & arrows, & even refuse to leave The Carterets.

Placed in a larger perspective, some seriously crazy shit shall happen in the future to send humanity down a ton of different apocalyptic rabbit holes should it fail at self-extinction first. A few highlights:
In 50,000 years Niagara Falls will have eroded all the way to Lake Erie, then cease to exist;
in 10 million years, the widening East African Rift valley will lead to a new ocean basin dividing that continent;
3.3 billion years from now stands a 1% chance Mercury collides with Venus (talk about a weather forecast & climate event), hurtling the inner solar system into chaos;
that will feel like small ball compared to when, in about 4 billion years, our Milky Way galaxy smashes into the nearby Andromeda galaxy (currently an inevitability which, Harold Bloom declares, is virtue);
&, finally, in 100 trillion years (start counting) normal star formation will end due to the lack of free hydrogen to form new ones.
No worries, in the meantime, relax, take a deep breath, ahhhhhh…. & eat chocolate.
Appearance   4.2 / 5
Color: movie mauve
Surface: designer dimples
Temper: frozen molten...
Snap: ... close to Krakatoa
Aroma   7.1 / 10
forest fire zone ahead... patrolled by, not Smokey the Bear, but Smokey the Pig
'bar for the course'; the course being PNG of course
Mouthfeel   14 / 15
Texture: blasphemously round
Melt: inexorable expansion; an absolute hangout / distended-to-protruding
Flavor   42.9 / 50
tar 'n nicotine -> rubber -> peat -> black tea -> smoked cocoa obscures lite spice (the result of employing Golden Sugar) -> copra -> jackfruit -> buttery okra nut -> mineral wiggle... kerosine -> very late & light lemongrass
Quality   16.1 / 20
Don't let the dooky on the nose mislead. Once in the mouth, this behaves with only relative mannerisms so customary for this origin's cacáo.

No smoked citrus, for instance, that become several PNGs of late. Only mild kiln-drying by this island's standards though still enough to merit a robust roasting metric (measured at the upper right) even if most of that attributed to processing other than inside the roaster cycle itself. Ditto the CQ (core cocoa flavor) -- though high but of a modest character.

This very planar, pretty straight baseline chocolate flavor.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin

Reviewed July 28, 2016

  

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