Box Chocolate Review

Demel

Info Details
Country Austria   (Vienna)
Style Classic      
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Impact
Faded radiance. If its flavors equaled its appearance, Demel would be world-class. As is, the downfall arrives when imperial dignity - displayed by meticulous molds & emblems - melts into cake sump that, for the most part, masks as chocolate from some discount clearing-house.
Presentation   5 / 5
contrasting baroque pieces tucked inside a rustic wooden box w/ metal clasp
Aromas   4.1 / 5
snuffles out butter & cream
Textures/Melt   9.1 / 10
Shells: medium thickness
Centers: often floury, cake-type consistency
Flavor   32.6 / 50
personality for sure... just the wrong kind; over-represented by too many heavy fruit or alcohol ganaches
Quality   18.8 / 30
Dolled-up pastry line. The kind of stuff sold in uptick markets the world-over: at the Plaza in NYC, on Elysée in Paris, or that Persian Gulf island reduced to its component sounds: do-buy.
Selections
Couverture: generic
IN ADDITION TO ITS ASSORTMENTS GENERALLY DESCRIBED ABOVE, BELOW IS A RECAP OF SOME OF DEMEL'S BARS:

Dark - dutched into a dead 'n dreamless choc chip cookie w/ added vanillin acting as a stand-in for the dough, all dryly roasted so "sophisticates" will beg for it
Milk - the Aroma - all cheese; the Taste - approximates wax found on the outside of a cheese wheel... elapses to a peanut-toffee likeness
Crunchies - Demel's Milk Choc the base canvas for crushed hazelnuts subservient to those peanut overtones; a safe taste probably pre-processed somewhere else - nothing really ventured / nothing really gained
Coffee - Viennese coffee culture is a 'sit & sip' institution - long, not too strong, w/ newspaper, please - & this cup of green coffee beans served w/ a side, swells up seafood (mussels, squid ink, snapping turtles & kelp), then sweeps up chocolate which the waiter who doubles as a janitor hoovers into the newsprint
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