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Montserrat

by Christian Constant
Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (73%)
Strain Trinitario   
Source Trinidad   (Montserrat Plantation)
Flavor Naked   
Style Classic      
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Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
A direct hit, loud & clear, simplex... if naked chocolate is what you want, just chocolate is what you get.
Appearance   3.6 / 5
Color: orange crush over brown
Surface: manly scuffed & dusted front; backside dimples & pimples
Temper: semi-gloss
Snap: sharp & brittle
Aroma   7.3 / 10
powerful & straightforward: vanilla malt -> cocoa & dust (de-acidified, almost Dutched) -> trail of tobacco smoke -> vanilla-vetiver; submerged white cherry blossoms; a little musty
Mouthfeel   12.1 / 15
Texture: starts dry then lubes well
Melt: right to the point; unobtrusive
Flavor   46 / 50
chocolate cherry -> cocoa, pure & simple runs the entire length -> vanilla -> minor bittering -> faint olive bitter -> more chocolate reserve in the tank -> winds out mocha
Quality   18.3 / 20
Roasted right to the border’s edge, removing most bitters while leaving behind enough to give reach & shape. Precise proportion control between sugar & cacáo components creating sweet acids, then vanilla-ized just beyond what bean probably calls for. Successfully poaching on Valrhona’s coveted Gran Couva turf - & deservedly so. Overall excellence.

  

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