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Tanzania Dark
Coconut Milk Chocolate
Turmeric Latte

by River-Sea
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (+ Flavored)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Tanzania   (+ Vietnam)
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style New School      
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River-Sea, river-do...

Understanding -- whether intellectually &/or intuitively &/or instagrammarly -- this barsmith does produce.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: Dark Tanzania: slate brown with slight purpled-pewter
Coconut Mil Chocolate: burnt orange-pink
Turmeric Latte: lemon-gold
Surface: hyper-clean
Temper: laid back
Snap: snug
Aroma   9.3 / 10
Dark Tanzania
72% cacáo-content; Kokoa Kamili, Kilombero Valley, Morogoro, Tanzania; Batch K0418

BIG air
bang-on chocolate over peanuts, then thick almond butter
tea & tobacco
soft Earth
black-stoned truffle (a bit bituminous)

Coconut Milk Chocolate
55% cacáo-content; Dak Nong Province, Vietnam; Batch O0418

another nut house accented in copal / coconut exuding frankincense & oud

Turmeric Latte
butterscotch popcorn(!!!!) spiced by cardamom with a camphor top
Mouthfeel   11.6 / 15
Texture: Dark Tanzania & Turmeric Latte: waxen
Coconut Milk Chocolate: oh, baby....
Melt: Dark Tanzania: chewy time-release
Coconut Milk Chocolate: silk lingerie with a cashmere caress
Turmeric Latte: albumin
Flavor   46.1 / 50
Dark Tanzania
sticks it pretty close to the Aroma script, all cut by baobab fruit which lightens the load considerably against a heavier-than-expected charcoal (up roast) -> tamarind -> limestone clearance
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Coconut Milk Chocolate
fuming incense of genuine Viet character... a gong show of sandalwood, oud, cinnamon & myrhh -> coconut deftly cut to interlace the lattice work of flavor -> cashew -> fine almond bark & cocoa nut -> super-sweet starfruit -> coriander
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, coconut

Turmeric Latte
cardamom backed by a salt hit -> rich golden butter -> turmeric at the edges serving as umami support -> flashing ginger -> spiced White (chocolate)
INGREDIENTS: cocoa butter, non-fat milk, sugar, turmeric, spice blend
Quality   18.4 / 20
River-Sea 1, 2, 3:

1. None of the abrasion that attend prior releases of the Tanzanian origin;
2. Sensational Coconut Milk -- all the elements pitch perfect in their amplitude & harmony (+ traces of the Erithaj project);
3. Turmeric Latte -- a bit of a misnomer as the full complement of spices deftly tucks it in & mostly under their sway.

The only serious drawback: problematic melts on the TZ Dark and Turmeric Latte thanks to a stiff-rubber cocoa butter from Ecuador (a generally poor CB origin).

A small sample size but a barsmith worth staying on.

Reviewed July 16, 2018

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