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Country USA   
Type Semi-Dark   (65%)
Strain Criollo   
Source Madagascar   (Sambirano Valley)
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
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Impact
Clear, transparent, ambrosial; a treatsicle.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: as red as 65% can get – auburn to aubrown
Surface: finish a perfect plaque
Temper: luminous
Snap: it got snap & shears clean too
Aroma   8.6 / 10
straight into the deep woods – cedar chest filled w/ chocolate ‘stock’ (what beef is to soup); slight wax; chantilly head (sweetened whipped cream) backed by butter; but turns 180 degrees on the breakwall to a blackberry cheese ginch
Mouthfeel   13.4 / 15
Texture: even & so smooth it concentrates the experience on the flavors
Melt: automatic
Flavor   45.2 / 50
chocolate au lait (caramel) -> sweet cocoa medley: blueberry -> cherry -> pineapple / kiwi -> coasts to melon... all in a linear progression of an ever brighter sunrise into the slightest tart fixture -> backcrosses around cherry, but more fermented this turn toward the back -> sets into chocolate-almond dusk
Quality   18.4 / 20
Choice chocolate; controlled balance neither amped with citric acid nor pinned down with bitter wood. Delicacy rather than strength; tons of charm (& has more of it than the gold standard for this origin – Amedei’s – which also makes for the less sublime). Keeps getting sweeter as it goes along til the nut finish.

  

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