Ingredients: cocoa beans, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter
Tasting notes: nutty, sweet tobacco, floral
Farm Structure: Single Estate
Producer: Joseph Garcia
Origin: Garcia Estate
Nearest City: Lopinot Terroir: Foothills of the Northern Range
Elevation: 400 ASL
Variety: Mix of old varietals, 60 + years, ICS, early TSH, new TSH
Harvest Season: 2019
Fermentation Style: 6 days Wooden Boxes
Drying Style: 8 Days Raised Beds
We are just going to leave for a quote from Joseph himself. This Estate has been in the family for several generations and Joseph is solely responsible for bringing it back from a period of neglect. We are very fortunate to work with these beans.
In the words of Joseph (credit Meridian Cacao Co)
Cocoa production is hard work, especially when you are the sole laborer. But when you plant a tree and see it bearing fruit, the passion grows even more to see the end result. Proper fermenting and drying are also part of this journey, so I am very meticulous about this part of the process. When I see a great end product, I know it is the best part therefore I am enjoying it to the max.
Shiny and homogeneous on the surface
Brown color *****
Aroma: honey-chocolate scents, nutty, sweet tobacco, floral
Mouthfeel: refreshing with a warm finish
Texture: not homogeneous, smooth, and creamy with a sandy-like finish in every bite
Aromatic finesse: ****
Flavor profile: the description of the maker is on point, very representative of the actual taste of the bar but to me, there is something more such as almond praline in the background with honeysuckle flower undertones and vanilla marshmallow sweetness. The sweet tobacco and almond praline have in common an intriguing bitterness resembling leather notes. Indeed I strongly believe this limited edition presents this sophisticated aspect that is not always welcomed among chocoholics linked to "bad fermentation" result.
The finish is mineral-like that reminds the tasting notes of Naive Molecules dark with the difference that, in this case, occurs a pronounced honey-sweet aftertaste... and everything becomes way more pleasant compared to the Molecules bar. Of course, I am just talking about the tasting experience. The crazy boost of energy and the unicity of the Molecules Chocolate created by Domantas is undisputable.
I found the tasting experience particularly intriguing. The "smoothness" of the palate amazes as its flavor whole and persistent with a pleasant sweetness in the end. And it made me curious about White Label Chocolate.
Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.