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NICARAGUA:
Dark
Dark-Milk

by Omnom
Info Details
Country Iceland   
Type Dark   (+ Dark-Milk)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Nicaragua   (Waslala)
Flavor Earthen   
Style Rustic      
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Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast largely evaded Spanish conquest, keeping outsiders... well, out. But in 1641 a shipwreck led to break away African slaves settling in the area which created tensions with pre-existing inhabitants.

Today mixed ancestry Mikito-Sambu seek to build social bridges while wielding cacáo production to promote internicine conflict resolution.

A big ask for humble chocolate.

As these bars, good as they are, reflect, some edges await smoothing out.
Appearance   5 / 5
Color: Dark: poly rouge / purple
Milk: stunning traffic-stopping orange-pink
Surface: stylized beyond reproach
Temper: A1
Snap: intimate above a whisper
Aroma   8.3 / 10
Dark
call in the park ranger & animal warden.... wild game in the area (like the crocs on the box -- see image above)

Milk
geologic in depth & scope highlighted by an arctic fox musk roaming over peat moss
Mouthfeel   11.1 / 15
Texture: Dark: nap at the back
Milk: granular
Melt: stilted
Flavor   41.6 / 50
Dark
fruit game for the first trimester looping around sapote & pitaya -> poppy & black seed -> cassava-gingerbread -> dark bark (Gliricidia sepium ala madre de cacao / madre negro aka blackwood) + coral tree -> lite molasses (probable FX of raw cane sugar) -> burlap -> talc -> stringent cauterization at the tail

Milk
instant caramel rolls up a Tootsie® into a very Slo-Poke® -> dairy's proteins meld seamlessly with this cocoa's caustic elements -> late-breaking violet-candy corn!
Quality   15.2 / 20
Dark
73% cacáo-content

So closely held together & mildly registered.
Some drying &/or storage issue(s) mars the last course.
Sourced via Ingemann's Waslala, RAAN, Bosawas Natural Reserve in the San Jose de Bocay region.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Milk
50% cacáo-content

Despite a relatively hi-cocoa content, this smacks of very dairy 'n sugar-driven, except the depth of caramel rests deeply on the cocoa!, especially considering the no-vanilla formulation.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, sunflower lecithin

Reviewed June 26, 2017
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