Box Chocolate Review

BT McElrath

Info Details
Country USA   (Twin Cities, MN)
Style Mainstream      
No bullets here, just an intelligent collection. The line never scales the highest heights, nor ever descends the lowest depths. Instead it accomplishes a golden mean – great agility balancing multiple complexes: subtle yet forceful, beguiling & true, rigorous but fun.
Presentation   4.4 / 5
well-molded; bite-sized dimensions
Aromas   4.1 / 5
Textures/Melt   8.3 / 10
Shells: medium gauge
Centers: tends toward soft
Flavor   43.8 / 50
overall delicate effects; a real player who, w/ a little more personality, should reach the maturation point
Quality   26.4 / 30
Some of the better use yet of Callebaut, & some of the best toffee next to Bridgewater & Poco Dolce
Couverture: Callebaut
Zinfandel-Balsamic – puzzling lack of either wine or vinegar as darkness sets in
White Chocolate Orange-Scented Caramel – a conjurer; great trade-off & on between orange ‘n caramel, hiding each other seemingly in a phantom rose garden; signature piece
Dark Orange Caramel – ditto, more of the same except in a dark robe; true blue-chip
Passion Fruit – too brassy
House Milk – liqueur-infused? Pretty fine though it gives off too many hot notes for a benchmark milk
Mocha – superb balance of great force
Cinnamon Star Anise – disguised as tea until, mid-palette, anise pierces thru; excellent lateral movement
House Dark – well orchestrated twixt light/heavy, yielding/assertive; the heart of McElrath’s golden mean
Green Tea – true to its elements yet unsatisfying
Toffee – warm butter then scotch caramelizes into milk chocolate; old school crunch & flavor; bite it

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