Box Chocolate Review

Puglisi

Info Details
Country Italy   
Style Old School      
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Puglisi makes bars; included here under Boxes because each is a flavored sugared-sweet, in which chocolate amounts to a mere excuse. Made in the “Aztec style”, ala Blanxart. In the end, a texturalist, not a flavorist.
Presentation   5 / 5
rough-hewn blocks wrapped in butcher-paper, folded & tied by hand
Aromas   4.1 / 5
differing flavors, depending on the bar, added to a cocoa base heavy w/ dust, dirt, earth, & sweet powders
Textures/Melt   8.7 / 10
Shells: ---
Centers: sandy; visible sugar crystals
Flavor   40.3 / 50
a more nuanced touch, using flavorings like bergamot & Carruba over the blaring chilies favored by other houses, often verging on alcohol (due to lack of long conching)
Quality   21.2 / 30
Seemingly unfinished... by design.
Selections
Couverture: in-house(??)
Classica – 45 pasta di cacao/55% sugar crystals; ya know what gives first – the teeth; after they’re dissolved, chocolate stands-in like dregs at the bottom of a cavity cup
Peperoncino – sandpaper sugar-cube; cacao’s more assertive, punched up by a sleeping pepper providing a candle’s worth of heat
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