Strong for a 70% chocolate, owing to Domori’s policy of not adding extra cocoa butter to the mix. An interesting balance of flavours from musty to fruit, with perhaps apricot being the dominant note. Very satisfying length.
Alex Rast: 6-Oct-2005
You can summarise this chocolate with a single word : BOLD. While perhaps in truth an oversimplification, boldness is nonetheless the keynote of this chocolate and affects the decisions made with it. Here is a chocolate to wake you up, even out of the depths of fatigue, an eye-opener if ever there was one.
The colour of this chocolate will mislead. It is in fact very light, almost like a dark milk chocolate, a mix of teak and mahogany. Finish is superb – perfectly tempered and uniform, although a certain bubbling is apparent. Still, visually one is thinking “”mild”"
But the aroma is most definitely not mild, rather, it is piquant and spicy, starting out with a dash of cayenne pepper, then moving to a beefy, almost salty aroma like beef bouillon, and with a mix of black pepper. On the aroma alone one might conclude this would be an excellent choice for mole sauce.
The flavour briefly bears hints of grape, perhaps with a bit of melon, before shifting to a dark, aggressive coffee, with a decided bitterness. There’s also an underlying earthy body, and a suggestion of licorice in the finish. All very dark, suggesting a dark roast, probably the best choice for a bean that, by its bitterness, might well be too harsh lightly roasted. Everything jumps out at you, too, socking you in the jaw as if to challenge you.
Texture, however, is unchallenging, and in fact unbelievably smooth and creamy, possibly the best of Domori’s textures in a company whose texture is almost always exemplary. With a bar this powerful, a grittier texture probably wouldn’t have been jarring, either, but still, the superb texture is a point in its favour. This is a macho chocolate – one you conquer more than savour, so that the experience is comparable to eating a top-notch Texas chili.
Martin Christy: 21-Jul-2003
Complex yet balanced aroma, underpinned with a strong dark bitterness, like fresh burning wood or tobacco, with very slight cheese and earth, rum and balanced with a full refreshing apricot/mint tone. Interesting! Appealing fudge like grain with red flecks and a solid snap.
On the very first taste there is an edge of mint, which is soon hidden as the strong bitterness of the chocolate becomes clear and the apricot continues over from the aroma, then a sudden fizz of flavour buzzes round the mouth with musty mould/fungal notes adding a whole new dimension to the taste. The overall impression is like some dark rum filled spiced fruitcake. The flavour is full into the length, dominated by the fruit notes, and is not dissimilar to the taste left after eating a good sachertorte.
An excellent choice for those who enjoy real bitter chocolate with complex flavours.