Richard's Rating: 6.0
Manabi was made from cacao beans, cane sugar, and sunflower lecithin. The 65% cocoa solids were all beans, with no added cocoa butter. The 50 gram bar was scored into 15 pieces. It came enclosed in a silver plastic pouch inside the paper box. The box was stamped with a best before date of July 2013.
The chocolate had a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color, a little lighter than that of Los Rios. The surface was smooth, with some chocolate bits adhered to it and a few tiny bubbles. The snap was hard, but close to medium hard.
The aroma contained scents of floral, earth, fruit, and roast. The fruit scent was that of citrus.
The taste of Manabi began with a nice balance of sweet and sour that revealed flavors of earth, citrus fruit, cocoa roast, floral, and nut. The sweetness grew stronger and eventually dominated the taste.
The melt was smooth. The length was short, with the flavor lasting about 15 to 20 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The finish was tannin and somewhat sour.
You can purchase Manabi online for $5.49 directly from Pacari, or for $3.85 from Chocosphere.