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domori hacienda san jose
March 9, 2005
9:44 am
alex_h
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shame on you, masur! ;-)
damn! less than 45 euros?! wow! at that price i would have bought all three boxes. i am heading to italy next week. maybe i’ll get lucky too.

thanks, hadi. in the meantime i’ve been able to get my hands on some. it’s all been devoured unfortunately ;-)

March 9, 2005
11:23 am
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Less than £45 Alex means less than 65 euro. I actually payed less than 60 euro for the box. 45 euro is too cheep and could only happended in dreams. Good luck in Italy.

“Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos” (Maricel E. Presilla)

"Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos" (Maricel E. Presilla)
March 9, 2005
2:10 pm
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oh, i didn’t see you were using pounds. but less than 65 euros is still a good deal. better than what i paid.

March 12, 2005
4:34 pm
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You guys are lucky because a box here costs $100 (74 Euro and £51). Quite a difference, huh?

June 9, 2005
11:32 pm
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I just had my first sampling of the Ocumare 67 70% and 100% (regrettably, no 60% or 80%) in a side-by-side. The aroma for the 100% is so different than the 70%, it’s almost as if I were smelling a different chocolate. The 100% was much more tart and slightly fruity, whereas the 70% was more robust with a heavier emphasis on mushrooms and dates. Flavor-wise, I think the 70% beats the 100% hands down for several reasons. First of all, the 70% has a lovely buttery tone (indicator of fine Criollos) with a distinct papaya and dry grass flavor. It wasn’t fruity sweet, but more along the lines of caramelized sweet. The sugar tremendously aided in bringing out and enhancing these flavors. The 100% shared these flavors as well, but dates were extremely pronounced towards the end, and the hay flavor was practically absent. Furthermore, it was quite bitter and astringent throughout the length, and thus some of the more delicate flavors were muddled and subdued. It just seemed more harsh to my palate; the lack of that 30% addition of sugar transformed the gentle nature of the flavors into a harsher and more intense profile that didn’t quite match its nature. I for one love 100% chocolate, but I’m not quite certain that Ocumare 67 is the best candidate for this type. More tasting is required, though, as this is only my initial impressions.