Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Semi-Dark   (63%)
Strain Blend   
Flavor Naked   (w/ Fruits/Flowers)
Style Classic      (leaning Neo-Mod)
‘Aliseo’ is Italian for the subtropical trade winds which swirl around the equator. No one saw this coming... an ugly duckling that swans-out into a naked chocolate virgin dressed in just a white garland blowing in the breeze.
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: murky brown
Surface: blurry
Temper: translucent (big butter content)
Snap: thin crisp
Aroma   7.5 / 10
recessive & simple: cocoanut, tobacco leaf, grass & something coniferous (acorn, pine, or pineapple); aerates palm fronds & coffee
Mouthfeel   13.9 / 15
Texture: velvet alert: dispersion of solids in super refined conche
Melt: tender classic melter
Flavor   47.2 / 50
white fruit bomb: cherimoya the fuse to... -> monstera -> banana -> star & grapefruits -> dried pineapple -> tiny pine nut + a blade of grass -> vanilla date sugar... each & all just sweetly going by the boards in a soft & supple chocolate that never spirals downward... always rising to the vanishing point
Quality   19.1 / 20
Poise & charisma that charms the wonkas outta ya... if a little bit of a 1st date/teen taste that blurs the line between vice & virtue. Takes it to the pleasure-centers on the edge of bland sugarland but stays well within definition. The likely combination of Vestri’s Dominican Republic & even more so his stylized Madagascar. The ‘blend’ in the name of this bar refers just as much to the use of both mill & refined sugars making for a super cross-blend. Where Vestri’s cane sugar experiment comes off overly pronounced (too bright & grassy green), this floods the profile in light, free from glare, the total package roundly harmonized. Just beautifully white fruits, plus that vanilla depth the equalizer for center-point chocolate flavor in the crosshairs.

Vestri’s the new king of semisweet, a territory once owned by Guittard.

ING: cocoa mass, sugar, cane sugar, cacáo butter, vanilla, soy lecithin; CBS 3:7:10


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