by Villakuyaya
Info Details
Country Ecuador   
Type Dark   (in an arid semi-light manner; 85% cacáo-content)
Strain Esmeraldas   
Source Ecuador   
Flavor Naked   (re: barren)
Style Rustic      
Take a seat inside a gastropub late one night. Next table over sits 3 elderly sisters (octogenarians & vibrant). Overheard in their conversation which startles & even raises eyebrows not to mention perks up the ears: shaving the pubic area. Huh. Well. Let’s lean in a little closer.

And they're shouting not just some little landing strip for lovers to descend & take off from, but right down to the bone.


Gotta hand it to 'em for being so publicly brazen. Reach into that bag & pull out some chocolate to offer them. Too experienced for old wise-tales like ‘never take candy from a stranger’, they accept. Gladly.

Unabashedly they carry on, explaining to everyone within earshot (like the entire room; hard-of-hearing &/or just sheer delight) that completely shaving their mons venus leaves the skin baby smooth (ahhhh, sort of, if memory serves right), a return to younger days, youth & feeling newborn.

Yeah. Right. OK. Maybe it does take a whole villa of sisterhood to get ya (ku)ya-yas off.

Hmmm, & the cocoa butter in this bar: equal to the task. Smooth.
Appearance   4 / 5
Color: deep raven
Surface: finely-scored front; molten back
Temper: shifting optics
Snap: on-pitch for the percentage
Aroma   8.7 / 10
starkly true
solid bluestone granite -> dried fruit circulating about apricot -> palm frond
all undercut by a mineralogy + a late-breaking pepino melon! -> airs celery root
Mouthfeel   12.5 / 15
Texture: respectable
Melt: below the speed limit
Flavor   40.8 / 50
faint fruit flash, alas, caught on a bromeliad branch -> stoneworks mines within bamboo -> alcohol point, almost tequila-like -> herbals
Quality   14.1 / 20
Initial classic bearing of the Esmeraldas varietal at the front yields to more fraught tendencies by the back end. Especially the alcohol tags which signal insufficient fermentation.

Even at 85%, Esmeraldas usually maintains greater poise. This frays early on, parched asunder but, to its DNA's credit, never comes completely undone.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed December 19, 2016


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