Box Chocolate Review

Robyn's

Info Details
Country USA   (NYC)
Style Mainstream      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Intensity
Complexity
Impact
Nurse Ratched of chocolate (as portrayed in Pink's pop vid Please Don't Leave Me): “angel of mercy” who flew into the cuckoo's nest becomes sinister hospital bandit with surgical mask on; the terrifying proximity to blood (which cacáo symbolized in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica...), death (... for Mexícâ human sacrificial rites...) & the devil incarnate (... propitiate the gods to ward off evil with, this, the food of...).
Presentation   3.4 / 5
plain despite every shape imaginable, from machine-mold to hand thrown, & veneers flat to dusted & hi-sheen
Aromas   4.3 / 5
chocolate 1st, then infusions sneak in
Textures/Melt   6.7 / 10
Shells: solid, semi-thick, shells
Centers: thin creams
Flavor   37.2 / 50
reversal of aromatics – flavored-up but chocolate hangs around enough to complement
Quality   21.8 / 30
Artisan mostly in name. Limited, rather anonymous work.
Selections
Couverture: Callebaut
White – misses everything but the floor; pink cake
Raspberry – fresh-picked along w/ lean chocolate backbone, melts thru to liqueur-like fusion; excellent & well ahead the rest of the curve in this collection
Plain Dark – red jelly retreats to blackberry / currant cocoa
Vanilla Dark – starts synthetic, goes bolt-upright bean-on-bean where cocoa just gets worked by vanilla; malted aftertaste
Plain Handcut Truffle – seemingly using Dutched stuff, then cherry dominant
Port – blaring; decent pairing
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