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Country Belgium   
Type Dark   (72%)
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Los Rios, Hacienda Puerto Romero)
Flavor Crossover   (Earthen x Spices/Herbs x Fruits/Flowers)
Style Classic      
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med
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CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Very soft hands, the combined likes of a brain surgeon, body masseuse, & serve-&-volley ace (McEnroe/Sampras), nurturing a kinder / gentler Ecuador.
Appearance   5 / 5
forbidding – a menace to the competition
Color: ravenous: purple macro-dot cast in black
Surface: model perfect
Temper: buffed, incl extra refined detail: a polished highlight around the “O” in the middle scored-tiles spelling out ‘Marcolini’
Snap: muffled; clean break
Aroma   8.3 / 10
seductively light & dark sedative: café in a perfumed-surround of geranium / jasmine / orange blossom; underlying spice (cardamom & clove); roasted cocoa on the rubdown (soft-to-the touch yet firm
Mouthfeel   11.7 / 15
Texture: bit fractured
Melt: mildly astringent
Flavor   45.1 / 50
jaw-dropping entrance: blackberry chocolate -> molasses takes it to deep chocolate bang -> special geranium & hazelnut combo... momentary constancy... a caesura of sorts that eventually basks in vanilla cardamom – all dense & dazzling -> profile lightens to pecan & coriander w/ gentle bitter support provided by rare appearance in chocolate of Andean red gentian root -> echoes of flamed-orange sundog in upper palette -> butter rolls in a lotion, coating it in simpler chocolate-coffee w/ languishing spiced after-FXs
Quality   18 / 20
A trophy bar. Interdynamics on full display: butter (judicious yet ample) deftly mediates flavors generated from the roast (slow, medium-low, prolonged).

  

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