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Mahilani Estate
Mauna Kea
90% Dark
Island Style
Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate

by Puna Chocolate
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (+ Flavored)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Hawai'i USA   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Classic      
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Entering a bar collection about as intricate as the Moana Hotel, including its 75 feet high / 150 foot wide banyan which chocolate barsmith Puna seemingly turns into a cacáo tree.

This company a mostly vertical integration play -- going from island groves planting &/or picking cacáo to crafting cocoa nut seeds into chocolate.

The total FX in these bars: robust yet round.

Check-in to these & they'll be the ones staying with you for awhile.

Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: Mahilani Estate and 90% Dark: purple ray
Mauna Kea: more in line to a crimson tide
Surface: perfection moulding (Island Style studded with nuts)
Temper: minor plastic-wrapper transfer
Snap: leeward side of the islands
Aroma   9.2 / 10
90% Dark
drunk, dirty & slightly diseased -> cures nicely to a candied concentrate

Mahilani Estate
classic Hawaiian cocoa lava flow

Mauna Kea
thick malted undertow of black-caramel

Island Style
a mini-bakery in a bar... delectable pastry-level quality

Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate
heady
balances on that fine-line twixt a milk & a dark -> eventuates sandalwood-cream -> hemp + sisal
Mouthfeel   12 / 15
Texture: plasticity & granular
Melt: generally self-corrects
Flavor   47.1 / 50
90% Dark
brandied fruits spread across bread -> pops sweet 'ohelo -> cashew cream -> vanilla-nutmeg -> sichuan pepper -> green walnut -> mannered tannic cocoa

Mahilani Estate
sandalwood entrance & foyer & sitting room... just loiters around in it... very little else until a banana undercurrent shifts things around -> bittersweet almond essence (fantastic / phenomenal) -> lava cocoa

Mauna Kea
offshore crags teeming with edible flowers -> vanilla caramel -> peanuts & filberts -> blackberry splashes

Island Style
2 nuts (macadamia & cocoa) dual -- bright breaking fruit (from the chocolate aspect) cut by sodium (salted macs?)... clash on... then refereed & pulled away / quelled if not altogether cancelled by shredded coconut -> breaded milky cast

Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate
salted nut-caramel -> white cinnamon & sandalwood in a sweet dream cream -> nougat
Quality   18.3 / 20
90% Dark
Barsmiths & consumers favor the 70% percentile & rarely breach 80%+ except for 100% unsweeteneds which came into its own as a category in the last few years. So that overlooks the 90% Class. Small & unheralded. Ultra-dark with modest minimal sugaring to catalyze the compounds.
Puna enhances this cacáo with just 10% sugar then elaborates these nut-seeds to optimum. Incredibly smooth flavor-contours. Especial for an origin chocolate oft volcanic & jagged.
Excellence in execution.

Mahilani Estate
70% cacáo-content
Unique ride. Sandalwood in chocolate pretty uncommon to begin with, & then that fun banana board, seemingly greased by almond oil. Great hops.

Mauna Kea
70% cacáo-content
Impressive reach & stamina. Ranges from atoll sediment to succulent fruit with a terrific pounding pace of relentless waves upon the tongue.

Island Style
70% cacáo-content + Macadamia & Toasted Coconut
Strong opening followed by a diminution of pop. A subtractive effect in which coconut becomes the last element standing.

Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate
50% cacáo-content + Peanuts & Milk
Outstanding alignment. Just knocks it out far & deep. Beyond strict barsmithing demonstrated in its straight Dark bars (above), Puna displays real confectioner chops here.

Reviewed December 29, 2017

  

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