This is a real achievement. Domori have created a chocolate from a ‘recovered’ cocoa (a sub-variety not previously identified) very high in cocoa content, with no added cocoa butter, yet one that still manages to seem sweet and very easy to eat. The flavour is also remarkable for its notes of cream.
Will appeal equally to the serious, strong chocolate lover as well as to those with a milder palate.
Alex Rast: 6-Oct-2005
A delightful change in a strong dark chocolate. It doesn’t knock you back in your seat with power, but rather transports you to a beautiful tropical isle. Very relaxing and mellow, yet with an unusual complexity of different flavours. If you’re jaded enough to have become bored with all the “”usual”" chocolate flavours, this bar will give you a fresh new experience.
From the moment of unwrapping this bar looks different in a good way. Finish is near-immaculate – a very careful temper being evident in nary a trace of rippling or mould marks. Colour is on the lighter side, a rich, even brown like a very fresh chestnut. A few bubbles are about the only visual defect apparent.
The aroma is intense and awesome, chocolatey with walnut, with a suggestion of grapes and red wine, and in the end a bit of coconut. One immediately expects a nutty cast will prevail in the flavour. It’s a very smooth, soothing smell that you could keep simply inhaling for hours.
Flavour, however, is anything but nutty, with, instead, a fruity tone being the dominant theme. This starts out with a fresh strawberry and banana burst, before moving to watermelon, with hints of tropical fruits, along with a creamy aftertaste. It shrieks “”summer”" – a bar for long, languid days. Such a description still does not do justice to the relaxing beauty of the flavour, which might best be compared to trying to describe the experience of a gorgeous sunset. Along with that comes a super-smooth texture, ultra-creamy just like Domori always delivers, and which doesn’t fight the soft nature of the flavour itself. This is a genuinely calm, understated, feminine bar, setting it quite distinctly apart in a world of big, bold, masculine strong dark chocolates.
Martin Christy: 28-Jul-2003
Aroma is balanced and sits well, with light grass/tobacco behind a refreshing cherry tone and a hint of leather. The chocolate looks thick and red with a fudge-like grain and a good snap.
The melt here is immediately good and not bitter – maybe slightly sandy but no sign of waxiness. In the first rush there are dark, smoky tones, but these are soon buried by a flood of mint, cherry-lime and cream (a real flavour of cream, with no hint of milk). Length is beautifully full, again cream and with strawberry/cherry and lingering chocolate.
Even though this is strong at 75%, with no added cocoa butter, it is remarkably sweet and easy to eat and should win over almost anyone put off by the idea of strong chocolate.