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Country Germany   
Type Dark   (72%)
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Los Rios, Hacienda Iara)
Flavor Naked   
Style Old School      
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‘Black Lightning’ (solid, straight-bashing chocolate chocolate). Like the famed motorcycle of that name which set speed records in its day – powerful acceleration just rips the tongue & knocks eyeballs out. A beautiful botch / a fabulous mistake in processing make it possible... whether intentional or not, wouldn’t change a stroke (to paraphrase Prince) cuz, baby, you’re the most.
Appearance   4.6 / 5
Color: black-on-brown;
Surface: stunner
Temper: semi-flat
Snap: sickly soft
Aroma   8.7 / 10
red fruit -> plantain -> flower / leather background of muted intensity; strawberry along snapped edges; more flowers (orange blossom) on the rub down
Mouthfeel   12 / 15
Texture: slightly dry & sandy
Melt: laboriously good
Flavor   45.4 / 50
chocolate all day brings the thunder-> brief minor flashes of Nacional’s natural traits (berries & flowers); passing bitterness / practically zero acidity
Quality   16.8 / 20
Overshot, paradoxically, under-expressed. Genetics of Nacional’s, which do require high heat, are stripped by a reckless over-bearing roast, burning thru the structure. Shows how enduring this strain is to take that scorching & still yield a good result.

  

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