by River-Sea
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (+ Milk Chocolate)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Colombia   (Sierra Nevada)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   ([dried]; + Spices/Herbs)
Style Mainstream      
Slow Chocolate… took its ol’ time coming… from Colombia… via turbine-free wind power (sail boat).

A melt to match – waxed up for the ride.

All makes for looong foreplay to… “One Taste”, all it takes… with a wink 'n a nod to that lifestyle brand of the same name which promises to increase health, happiness & connection thru mindful indulgence, aka “Orgasmic Meditation” (or OM for short). Think-the-sensation / feel-the-thought. With its HQ next to Uber, how apt to hop in & hop out.

Meanwhile, memories of these chocolate bars may never depart.

All aboard the schooner Tres Hombres: kids & cargo -- chocolate, a family-affair
Appearance   4 / 5
Color: Dark: the black edge of brown
Grass-fed Milk Chocolate: gorgeous auburn-brown
Mushroom Hazelnut: golden brown
Surface: 3x4 tablet with a wave crest mould; minor backside divots
Temper: showroom quality
Snap: modulated bass
Aroma   8.3 / 10
char & tar 'n nicotine
blackened peanut skins
sourdough rye
airs out coffee, no cream

Grass-fed Milk Chocolate
clarified roasted peanut oil
beautiful light / white woods thanks to the beeches (Gmelina arbor) used in the fermentation boxes

Mushroom Hazelnut
grand confluence of cream fat + nut oil under a 'rooming grindstone
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: immediate glide action
Melt: a little waxen
Flavor   44 / 50
brown sugar -> black coffee -> black raisin -> black mulberry into sweet tamarind -> flickering moraberry -> coffee grounds

Grass-fed Milk Chocolate
the Aromatics (above) + a rear char -> vanilla caramel -> White Chocolate -> sassafras & anise (terrific) -> fades a faint bitter-roast

Mushroom Hazelnut
onto River-Sea's "Dark-White" base (a cocoa butter-rich Milk Chocolate) sits a savory-crunch of light mushroom (hen-of-the-wood aka maitake / Grifola frondosa), subtle throughout, including the gianluca-like FXs with the hazelnut until a back coffee note drives the elements forthright
Quality   16.3 / 20
70% cacáo-content; Batch W0419
Recalls the days of Juan Valdez Colombian coffee fame. Much of that owes to roasting a li'l twee zealously, sacrificing some high end tags. Lower oven temperatures would allow less sugar for similar FXs but clearer definition.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Grass-fed Milk Chocolate
~60% cacáo-content; Batch W0419
Potent (despite cocoa butter & sugar the lead ingredients; cocoa mass a lowly third) & thus big feel (massive butter component on the Texture). Same formulation as River-Sea's prior Grass-fed release featuring cocoa from Vietnam. The FlavPros diverge however & almost swap places as the customary spice-laden Viet seemingly takes up residence in this the Colombian. All in all a unique & somewhat atypical MC.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa mass, milk powder; Barithmetic (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio): ~1:3:3?!?!?!?!

These 2 bars check all the boxes -- genuine single-origin, true sustainability, direct-trade, imported via wind-power (sail boat), recycled packaging.... yep, goodwill chocolate indeed. There's God willing & then there's good willing. River-Sea might be engaged in both.

Mushroom Hazelnut
A best in class offering. Easily the tastiest method for getting this medicinal mushroom into the system to its immune-enhancing, cancer-fighting & glucose-controlling benefits.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, milk, hazelnuts, mushrooms

Reviewed June 27, 2019


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