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Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (65%)
Strain Hybrid   (some Criollo)
Source Madagascar   (Mangaro Estate)
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
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No ghost of the mango grove that formerly was this cacáo estate can be found here. Instead it scares sharp & tart, bracing & awakening, an alarm clock & feminine wake-up call, breaking in with the weather report from Madagascar – bright, sunny, & cool today, highs in the low 80s.
Appearance   3.6 / 5
Color: titian & purple eggplant
Surface: whorls & ripples w/ a peeble thrown in
Temper: semi-gloss
Snap: thin like beaten tin
Aroma   7.5 / 10
garland of fruit leather swabbed in ethanol
Mouthfeel   11.6 / 15
Texture: warm & wooly morphs to suave dense mousse
Melt: coy & languid on the tongue
Flavor   42.3 / 50
upfront chocolate-date (caramel) -> red flush (raspberry) to grapefruit -> gingerbread -> sails out on a wooden teak plank
Quality   17.8 / 20
Caramel front runs counter to most Madagascar bars – the result of relatively high sugar content. Straightens in the mid-palate to a more traditional profile for the ‘Red Island’ but, again, sweetness keeps it easy & breezy though with enough teak to be a giant in the forest that falls hard & leaves a shuddering after-taste in its wake.

  

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