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Country France   
Type Dark-Milk   (50%)
Strain Hybrid   (modest Criollo)
Source Madagascar   (Mangaro Estate)
Flavor Crossover   (Earthen x Fruits/Flowers)
Style Classic      
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2 of the world’s most fundamental flavors seamlessly fused into E.B. Tylor’s linimal state for a Platonic ideal that’s unearthly. From the house that inaugurated the Dark-Milk bar with the progenitor Grand Lait Cacáo de Java (discontinued), & now this - the 1st single-origin Milk Chocolate both in coming to the marketplace & in taste.

Many premium Dark-Milk bars use cacáo of Java. Here Cluizel breaks from the pack as a ‘chocolate Houdini’ weighed down by years of SOS (same-old-same) & arranges a discounted match: uniting Madagascar beans with milk & cream which just as easily could vandalize it. But this marriage authenticates the pairing. In an age of terror, global warming, & extreme poverty, this may be God’s extravagance... & perhaps the pinnacle of the Milk Chocolate Planet.
Appearance   5 / 5
Color: a blonder, dirty-blonde to be sure
Surface: inmaculada
Temper: radiant
Snap: youthful voice
Aroma   8.9 / 10
strawberies ‘n cream w low tar nicotine
Mouthfeel   14.3 / 15
Texture: giant marshmallow never seems to get smaller until...
Melt: ... prime meltaway to bottomless dream cream
Flavor   46.2 / 50
a vortex, simultaneously complex & simple: caramel flash -> circles round limes sublime interlacing layered spice cake -> strawberry lift pushes onto lemon twist over spiced hazelnuts... constant length dissipates slowly
Quality   19 / 20
Multifaceted; a lot of moving parts that come together nicely. Intense yet balanced; low acid / extremely mild bitter; precise tang-to-cream ratio; integration, amplitude & a battery of flavors add up to greatness.

  

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