Box Chocolate Review

Norman Love

Info Details
Country USA   (Ft. Myers, FL)
Style Mainstream      
These whites can jump (White Chocolate that is). This guy has so much game Godiva subcontracted him to play on its Platinum G-team because it lacks the mojo until he shows. All of which, according to Bertrand Russell’s definition of work, makes perfect capitalist sense: altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relative to other matter... or telling other people to do so.
Presentation   5 / 5
eye-popping; if humans ate with eyeballs instead of gob-holes, NL would irrefutably be near the top; fashionable art line bejeweled w/ squares, triangles, circles, & swirls from a surface designer extraordinaire (flawless molds / stunning air-brush work) whose visuals are enviously eyed by competitors
Aromas   3.3 / 5
a bit cold & encased
Textures/Melt   7.2 / 10
Shells: medium gauge
Centers: unobtrusive; smooth & easy
Flavor   42.9 / 50
respectably covers the far ends of the spectrum (White & Dark) while leaving the middle rather vacant, adding up to an uneven chocolate wonderland; still, remarkable innovations on the dark side - truly unpredictable & successful; the lighter side is among the better exposés yet on White Chocolate
Quality   24.7 / 30
Skillfully-conceived, several with a swirl of flavor flair that hit home to the mainstream.
Couverture: Felchlin; Guittard
Mojito – pneumatic flare of mint, lime & rum; the herb drives it alive while the other 2 give it otherworldly depth; Cuba’s finest export
White Lemon – sweet tart dimension
Almond White – not a scent of marzipan; delivers mystery instead
Coconut White – island pleasure – nothing else but nothing much
White Banana-Peanut – heavy putty
Milk Chocolate – basic but good
Milk Caramel – overplayed
Cinnamon – heady spice persistency
Cointreau – no
Gianduja – crunchy edit to a benchmark; a little sweet, a little listless, a little young
Classic Truffle – midpoint standard
Dark Raspberry – too urgent + conflicted between jam & liqueur
Dark Coffee – traditional front force trails into a tonic
Dark Mocha – excellent truffle shards; strong & clear w/ right balances
Dark KeyLime – terrific tease & rare bent-combo of lime w/ Dark
Dark Grapefruit – attempts to rival KeyLime in innovation but steers off into a bullet-sharp paste
Passion Fruit – clarity
Palet d’Or – fully cooked; roasting on central front w/ coffee-like toner

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