Updated: Jan 13
MEXICAN CACAO FROM SOCONUSCO, CHIAPAS WITH MEZCAL JOVEN
MAESTRO MEZCALERO: JOEL SANTIAGO
Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, alcohol removed Mezcal Joven from 100% Maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia Haw).
Cuna de Piedra is an homage to Mexican cacao. The undying admiration for what is our own moves us to honor and praise it in everything we do. Each one of our chocolate is a reflection of the best lesson Mother Nature has taught us: good things take time, but they are worth waiting for.
About the Mezcal Joven dark chocolate:
Young Mezcal made from 100% Maguey Espadin from Santiago Matatian, a town located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, considered to be the "world capital of mezcal". The agaves were crushed into an Egyptian stone mill, known as tahona, the liquid was fermented in oak vats and double distilled in clay pot stills to obtain the freshest citrus and herbal notes, which blend harmoniously with the Soconusco Chiapas cacao origin.
This is the first time I try Cuna de Piedra chocolate but I have heard a lot about them, positively and negatively.
My first impression is good. I really like the wrap design for which they recently won the Chocolate Alliance Awards Silver 2020, and the mold style is very characteristic too.
Regarding my tasting experience, the bar presents a good snap and a creamy but not so smooth texture. On the nose, it is very aromatic and delicate beyond my expectations with some interesting coconut and raisin fragrances. On the palate, it leads to a remarkable and unforeseen revelation. Indeed I came across a specific Papua New Guinea Cacao Origin flavor meaning smoke tobacco incisive background. But this is the funny side of inclusion, right? A lot of sweet-citrusy notes counteracted by roasted coffee, agave, and herbal (peppermint, chicory, wildflower, clove) complexity.
Astringent-herbal aftertaste and dry spirit-like mouthfeel retaining some of the pre-existing palate elements that somehow reminds me of Stega Truffle back taste (Strega is an Italian herbal liquor with a distinctive yellow color for the presence of saffron and a sweet flavor dominated by mint and juniper with hints of anise and fennel intricate quality) and, ultimately, it keeps you in a "Creme de Menthe" refreshing brew of emotions.
This is a bar with a great personality, both inside and out that, sadly for me, requires a background check in alcohol matters. But one does what one can!