Dominican Republic
Peru Norandino

by Wellington
Info Details
Country New Zealand   
Type Dark   
Strain Hybrid   
Source Samoa   (+ Papua New Guinea; Dominican Republic; Peru)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Rustic      
The Moeraki Boulders, sitting down the southeast coast to Wellington, form massive (up to 7 feet in diameter) spherical concretions (mineral lodes in embedded sedimentary rock) exposed by erosion from wave cuts along the ocean -- as if droppings of avian dinosaurs. Given their Paleocene origin... well, who knows.

These 4 bars share a similar gritty / sandy character (especially the Textures), several utilizing island cacáos washed up on the shore.... all perfectly apt for chocolate crafted in New Zealand.

Appearance   3.4 / 5
Color: paler shades of brown
Surface: scuffed & chipped
Temper: just below sunrise
Snap: solid
Aroma   7.2 / 10
Papua New Guinea; 70% cacao-content; Batch B15
thin top-layer of dried fruit blown off by smoked substrate (typical of PNG)

Samoa (Fua o Elele); 77% cacáo-content; Batch S12
outdoor grove... clustered about breezy palms

Dominican Republic
Conacado Co-op; 70% cacáo-content; Batch DR28
off-scent: muddy, musty, moldy

Peru Norandino
70% cacáo-content; Batch PN37
temperate & kind, then oxidizes to a sharp point
Mouthfeel   11.6 / 15
Texture: generally powderful
Melt: collapsible
Flavor   43.8 / 50
slow starter comes on strong with those dried fruits of the Aroma (centered around apricot) & almost nothing but... cocoa & talc eventually emerge -> peat -> vanilla -> smoked caramel -> semi-stringent finish

Top-heavy in an attractive manner with just enough bottom to prevent toppling over.

orange-cinnamon on a dry bed of tannic cocoa, tannins on the bitter verge without ever developing into a caustic takedown (remarkable) -> brown sugar -> taro -> kava-malt close

So much aggreeance for 77%. A bar that threatens a bitter insurrection only to maintain its poise, malting away to the very end... long in coming... thanks to Samoa's renowned cocoa butter composition.

Dominican Republic
brown sugar load-in -> cinnamon biscuits... toasty & tasty -> back flash fruit (apricot) comes fore (as mango) embedded in a cocoa rush -> guanabana & sapote in a recombinant fruited spice cake

Simple at the outset; intricate by the finish.
Wellington has a knack for cinnamon & apricot tags in its bars it seems, despite some disparate origins (spanning from the South Pacific to the Caribbean on the other side of the globe). Maybe the seed selection, or the slightly browned turbinado sugar, or... something hanging in the air around the factory. Whatever the circumstance, a warm, enticing bar that defies its Aromatics like a dowdy dowager who turns somehow sexy under the hood.

Peru Norandino
pineapple-chocolate with shot of gin for a twist -> juniper berry -> caustic pine-nut

Shades of Madagascar without the red-hued technicolor.
Quality   15.5 / 20
Wellington Chocolate.... voyaging & foraging nearby islands (& afar -- re: The D.R.).

Deserves the Mott Green Award for light zero-emission eco-footprint, sailing raw materials back to their NZ base under wind power(!!) (other than that, let's face it, the CLA of the cacáo / cocoa / chocolate industry taxes the environment substantially).

Overall serviceable chocolate in a country rather barren -- & therefore should be starving -- of the real deal.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar

Reviewed August 2, 2016


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