Box Chocolate Review

Alegio

Info Details
Country USA   
Style Neo-Modern      
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CQ
Sweetness
Intensity
Complexity
Impact
Outsourced; the hand creating it differs from the one making it, which may explain why Joan Koukos tastes better than, well... Joan Koukos.
Presentation   3.6 / 5
standard
Aromas   3.4 / 5
ponderous; balsamic & heavy-handed
Textures/Melt   8.2 / 10
Shells: thin
Centers: traditional, medium-bodied, silken cream ganache
Flavor   41.3 / 50
mostly familiar; on-point; slightly favors infusions w/ chocolate never far behind
Quality   24.9 / 30
High compatibility; well-matched & paired, ditto the ratios.
Selections
Couverture: Cluizel
Santa Domingo – obvious Cluizel base; naked but not alone w/ itself, as plenty of notes are in play including Los Ancones’ famed green olive
The Caribbean – starts life promising, major earth-driven spices, dried fruits; then cream tradition takes over
Habanero – charred chili, off burnt-citrus, heat rising on incompatibility, but eventually stands up better than feared for nicely balanced recovery
Ginger & Orange - flaming fruits meekly tamed in cream; Madagascar base amplifies the FXs
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