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Country France   
Type Dark   (71%)
Strain Blend   (Criollo; Amazon)
Source
Flavor Crossover   (Fruits & Flowers x Spices & Herbs)
Style Classic      
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From shit comes the rose – so said Ginsberg. Another artist, Sister Mary Corita Kent, put it less profanely: flowers grow out of dark moments. Cunning hedonist brown-thumb with split personality. Refined (except for the finish), precisely dialed-in, tremendous poise between light/dark, high/low, touch & punch. Valrhona earns its stripes on this one & scores them literally & figuratively right into the bar itself.
Appearance   5 / 5
Color: cocoa rose
Surface: solid slate
Temper: incandescent
Snap: sharp cliff edges
Aroma   8.5 / 10
deep chocolate bedrock underneath overhanging wildflowers
Mouthfeel   11.2 / 15
Texture: bit stiff, even stalky
Melt: rugged in defiance of floral flavors
Flavor   44 / 50
massive cardamom hit -> pure chocolate jolt -> settles into brown-sugared crush of multi-flowers: hibiscus -> shrinking violet -> alternating rose / cherry bender before frangipani shoots up & all sprouting out under fertile chocolate–coffee grounds for spiced fig effect -> finishes on pedestrian fudge brownie-out
Quality   18.5 / 20
Where analogies to wine start & stop. A bar with complexity to rival the bottle but also an excruciating range of unparalleled depth & height grapes hardly ever attain at once. CBS ~ 2:3:2

  

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