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Country France   
Type Dark   (75%)
Strain Trinitario   
Source Cuba   
Flavor Naked   (primarily; w/ Crossover FXs)
Style Old School      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Cacáo of supposedly humble origins, Cuba continues to impress; clearly some pedigree lives in its beans. Maybe decrepit communism & dilapidated plantations are the way to go in preserving heirloom cacáo while developing a cult status, seeing how in other parts of the world severe hybridization often strangulates prized varietals. The old groves here by contrast taste relatively intact (as if farmers can ill-afford newer seedlings). Viva la Revolución.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: jet brown w/ purple entrails
Surface: sheer
Temper: brilliantly gleaming
Snap: slightly subsonic; coarse edge
Aroma   8.3 / 10
tropical sprite: pomegranate (like its color), cherry, mango, guava + huge soursop cloistered in underlying palm & pine
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: odd juxtapose: soft powder...
Melt: ... silken avocado on the reach-around
Flavor   44.6 / 50
busts out straight-bashing dry chocolate hydrated by crisscrossing nut cream (almond) -> cherry (beautiful beginning; cherry-almond sunrise) -> guava, lime, & soursop bolt upright, soothed in avocado (hence, the teal-colored wrapper), undercut in light pine... tremendous stack thundering across the Pal-ate (sour / wood / chocolate snap into alignment), holds strength & length until fading along a fig-anise-poppy seed trail
Quality   18.1 / 20
Lacks some flavor diversity but what it's got it gots a lot & almost all of it good - especially CQ. Pralus deftly subdues inherent puckering acids without suppressing them outright, thru a combination long roast / short conche scheme. Perhaps short of his best, but his most finessed bar yet.

  

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