What kind of cacáo grows in urban confines like Caracas, Venezuela? During the 19th century, ‘Caracas’ was the trade-name for several varieties that made Venezuelan cacáo famous. This bar is actually a blend from just about everywhere but Caracas... originating in Trinidad, Ecuador, & Ghana. Pralus may be trying to reproduce the legacy, possibly with the progeny of seeds once from Venezuela, in a cacáos-coming-home-to-roost move.
Appearance 4.6 / 5
|Color:||leather pants brown|
Aroma 9 / 10
hushed peach/plucot aprium –> bread & butter –> steamed cocoa – chewed cashew (especially along the edge wall)
Mouthfeel 12.8 / 15
|Melt:||evenly to liquid|
Flavor 42.3 / 50
beautiful opening (albeit brief) on sweet peach –> berry spray –> hard bitter/burnt nut –> back to berry –> charred ending
Quality 16.1 / 20
Intelligent blend selection (Ghana for foundational support; Ecuador’s body; Trini adds highlights). And the grand roaster spares surprising abundance in this fruit ‘n nut case as the differing profiles merge quite seamlessly. Ultimately though a touch too harsh.