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Cuor di Cacao 75%

by Venchi
Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Dark   (75%)
Strain
Source
Flavor Naked   (w/ Earthen undertones)
Style Classic      (in New School clothing)
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med
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CQ
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Taken apart, the components are good, but together…. Viva Italia, baby, with some Dutched heritage. The Sophia Loren of chocolates - built meaty, sultry, big & bouncy.
Appearance   4.9 / 5
artful wrapper, thoughtful inner packaging (parchment-lined foil w/ cardboard backing for extra protection); if nothing else, just gotta respect this part of their game
Color: ebony w/ ruby highlights
Surface: beautiful grafrage logo/impression on the face w/ GQ cover control of finish textures; chunk peaks w/ perfectly crafted valleys give excellent snap & good munch-size hunks
Temper: high plate / matte finish straight from the tech dept
Snap: on the mark - restrained & clear
Aroma   8.8 / 10
soft nose belies the control of deep-noted rich & smooth basso profundo 75%: light cherry, chocolate rose, sandalwood, & oak
Mouthfeel   13 / 15
Texture: microgranular grind; smooth w/ excellent distribution
Melt: very gradual & steady
Flavor   37.4 / 50
gentle fruit forward (cherry) -> ebony & mahogany woods back w/ pleasure earth finish
Quality   17 / 20
Clean blending, light hand on the roast, + good amount of cocoa powder in the mix for extra dark boost… all lead to no high notes or standouts (a bit stripped from Dutching) but the sum of this effortless 5-sense tour is supple, subtle & satisfying.

  

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