A stunt artist: dark underbelly supports sparkling top coat where sweetness debitters the very structure that adds heft to it like a bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
Appearance 4 / 5
|Color:||fractionally lighter than its 62% sibling|
|Surface:||backside resembling surface of the moon – cratered & craggy|
Aroma 8.1 / 10
caramelized cocoa -> red-fruited vanilla swell -> banana leaf, wet wood, filtered tobacco, leather backing
Mouthfeel 12.9 / 15
|Texture:||coarse, of course...|
|Melt:||... get ready to grit & grind|
Flavor 44.2 / 50
spicy brown sugar quickly gives way to a long red-fruited plane (grapes/cherry/minor raspberry that sparkles without acidifying (the sugar influence) -> eventually interrupted by nibs releasing meticulously-roasted cocoa flashes, weighing in & adding depth & dimension -> sets off surprising cream-top crossed by green-clean (slightly astringent) banana leaf
Quality 18.8 / 20
S-B defines the ‘less-is-more’ paradox thru the lightest optimal roast. Deceptively simple; rare balance; 1st rate everyday-eating chocolate.