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Country Germany   
Type Dark   (85%)
Strain Blend   
Source
Flavor Earthen   (residual Fruits/Flowers)
Style Classic      
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CQ
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Acidity
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Impact
Immense. Magic Brownies from a Gentle Giant in the forest.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: warm ebony brown
Surface: perfect print; finely scored lines create shifting optical illusions
Temper: soft sheen
Snap: power crack - the way it's supposed to be for 85%; edge sanded clean
Aroma   7.6 / 10
masculine strong but short: cocoa-coffee -> leather -> ebony wood; hazelnut & toasted bread crumbs on the rubdown; aerates clean-smoked, burnt-brown butter
Mouthfeel   13.4 / 15
Texture: no lecithin equals heavy mass body slam
Melt: slow natural contraction; clears quite astringent
Flavor   45.8 / 50
big cocoa tannins come out thrashing... into a pure chocolate hit -> hazelnut-almond -> trace cinnamon + juniper negotiate background bitters -> transfers beautifully to bread & butter spreading starfruit & guava -> tart cherry & red currant -> stick in the mud pulls up coffee grounds, fertilizer, green stalk, & a psilocybin mushroom layered under dense cocoa for magic brownies -> long astringent end seals the deal
Quality   18.2 / 20
Gentle Giant thanks to a generous cut of quality cacáo butter (gleaned early on in the aroma). Still a bit angular & austere in character though, lacking the 'wow factors' of Lindt's 85% tour de force but shockingly gooood nonetheless, & absolutely damages its closest organic competitor, the 85 - Green & Black's.

A sedulous blend from well-husbanded beans reaching far around the world: both sides of Africa represented (Ghana, Tanzania &/or Madagascar) + maybe Ecuador (high astringency) - unmasked of any vanilla... just cacáo roasted & conched to near perfection with a little sugar (CBS ~2:4:1). Some backyard dirt gets caught in the butter-works but that too delivers soft power without which this bar would lack heft, depth, & symmetry.

"Organic" or otherwise, a fine chocolate by any standard... period.

  

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