Box Chocolate Review

Wanders

Info Details
Country USA   (Manassas, VA)
Style Neo-Modern      
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Sweetness
Intensity
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Impact
No magic wanderings in this box, just a peripatetic name & wispy logo - checking into the ‘W’ Hotel for Willie Wonka's sticky wet dream as directed by Wim Wenders - betray heavy-handed flavoring.
Presentation   4.2 / 5
formal brown-tie, incl carefully polished bio pix + layout (think Kraftwerk x Depeche Mode)
Aromas   5 / 5
each piece a scent-strip w/ specific contour to its shape
Textures/Melt   6.1 / 10
Shells: medium gauge
Centers: varies from smooth & yielding to fractured & tough
Flavor   32.8 / 50
generally obvious & way past forward (falling over itself) w/ imbalances; lineup runs very Germanic (Zotter in a bonbon) then shifts over to John&Kira's, reflecting a ‘he say-she say’ / his ‘n her line from this husband / wife tag-team (his very firm & masculine; hers less so)
Quality   20.9 / 30
Longer term work-in-progress
Selections
Couverture: Valrhona; Cacao Barry
Earl Grey – soap-turned-citric twang (Valrhona base), then full-on lavender that loses the choc early; hold its herb until long after the finish when tea peeks thru
Rhubarb Caramel – rue barbed raspberry rolls up into an ever-stiffer caramel
Raspberry – near miss; promising conjurer; raspberry trades lines w/ lemon to produce brassy over-effects, pistachio-cum-peanut quells it down; components slightly out-of-ratio; otherwise a beguiling confluence
Port – height of the collection; lots of texture & big deep, ultimately dark tone; perfect pairing, calibration, & dexterity in action between elements
Pistachio Almond – clumpy marzipan paste
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