Box Chocolate Review

John & Kira's

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Country USA   (Philadelphia, PA)
Style Neo-Modern      
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Communalism: The Chocolate Proletariats. Raspberries grown on organic farm. Mint picked by high school students from an urban garden. Stark, no-frills production; can slide easily into a formal black-tie event or around a NASCAR track. Tolstoy, Trotsky, Lennon, & now Green Day all agree - a working class hero is sumthin’ to be.
Presentation   4.8 / 5
rustic; as elegantly stark & serious as a Tribeca or Chelsea gallery opening
Aromas   4.7 / 5
lean chocolate
Textures/Melt   9.2 / 10
Shells: gossamer thin
Centers: velvet silk
Flavor   46 / 50
no one impregnates caramel centers w/ more vital force; forward though finessed; 1 wish... increase chocolate amplitude
Quality   27.8 / 30
Alternately raw & artisan, crafted yet natural. A light-bodied line that contends ingeniously with agile personality – soft, honest, & authentic.
Selections
Couverture: Valrhona
Central City Philadelphia Mint – green as money; incomparable fresh leaf; goes herbal beyond mint; super clean w/out the heavily extracted violence of the industrial kind; very astutely placed in a caramel base; simplicity kills
Pistachi-oh – nut nicely shielded by cinnamon in a complex signaling neither this nor that but balanced in the here & now
Starry Night – best frame of the collection; big small-science; ever-so-slightly burnt licorice sits in a milk-caramel set that gives all the elements a deeper firmament
Glenn’s Raspberry – 1st strike is like cherry then the glass berry jam blows into sorbet implosions (from Glenn Brendle’s Green Meadow Farm in Amish PA); sensational, just on this side of tart & straddling the forward/behind flavor divide; p’haps a li’l mo’ chocolate persistency & this will earn respect bordering the devotional
Coffee Whiskey – not since
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