Info Details
Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (60% w/ Nibs)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Dominican Republic   
Flavor Crossover   (mainly Naked)
Style Neo-Modern      
Nibs the herniated discs to a chocolate vertebrate.
Appearance   4.1 / 5
Color: opaque brown
Surface: clean front; backside pocked like rice crispies w/ nibs
Temper: thin varnish
Snap: snub (nibs + 60% steal any sharpness)
Aroma   7.8 / 10
short at the start but clean if a bit of a hibernating invertebrate w/ little chocolate backbone: butter & wax the back set to small but significant tobacco, coffee, & olive + tiny sparklers of guava, apricot, & mango; aerates smoke, grass, & banana
Mouthfeel   14 / 15
Texture: soft-crunch nibs surrounded by round body weight w/ love handles to hold onto
Melt: tremendous expansion - 360 every direction; both big & wet, the bar portion supremely conched; leaves extremely clean, no astringency whatsoever
Flavor   43.1 / 50
uncoils brown-sugar coffee -> brown fruits (incl chocolate, raisins, & dates) -> lightly caramelized nibs take effect, flattening fruits into baseline cocoa running the length -> cinnamon gum -> allspice -> recessive greens: olive, grass, tobacco + banana leaves -> dried banana & apricot
Quality   17.4 / 20
Heavily creolized & overly sugared (almost can't contain it - just busting at the seams tighter than Pam Anderson's halter - but Cluizel, ever the grand balancer, comes correct) & nibs dim - without extinguishing - a good number of highlights seen in the flavor-fireworks of Los Ancones that fall here under a sweetly paved chocolate (the spine snaking its way along the forest flora - & just the opposite of its aroma) macadamized by those nibs which, on the upside, add great length + textural contrast.


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