Excellent strong yet palatable bar from Domori. Creamy with dark flavours. A good bar to eat that will satisfy your fine chocolate needs without needing too much and without being too bitter.

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Hans-Peter Rot: 24-Oct-2005

Posted: October 24, 2005 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 9 10%
Look/snap: 8.5 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 9 5%
Length: 9 15%
Opinion: 9 30%
Total/100: 88 100%
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Appearance isn’t as glossy as Domori’s other bars and approaches a duller sheen with intense ribboning and an undulating surface similar to sloping hills. It’s fairly dark, with a red leather likeness, approaching a lighter shade of burgundy. Aroma is fantastic and invigorating, light and vibrant on the nose with a subtle acidity accentuating the cranberry-raspberry-blueberry fragrance. For balance, it’s also quite chocolaty and dark underneath, providing contrast and backbone to the lighter air surrounding it.

Despite the aroma, the flavor is not as lively or perky but more subtle and controlled. It’s immediately chocolaty, though, gratifyingly bold and stern in its presence, providing a full body to the chocolate for the entire length. Domori’s typical fermented tone quickly and forcefully asserts itself along with heavy bleu cheese notes looming overhead. Then, there’s a red berry and blueberry hit that persists strongly with a well-controlled acidity that Domori has masterfully kept in check. Cream peaks in and settles into nuts, and then coffee finishes off the length. Texture is super creamy and not waxy or pasty like other bars, and melts wonderfully in the mouth.

Regardless of Rio Caribe’s dominance in this blend, the acidity is remarkably low and controlled extraordinarily well here. Bravo! Flavor evolution is very subtle and doesn’t provide stark peaks and valleys for easy discernment. Instead, it meanders through the length like a long and winding river, gentle in its snake-like curves, but powerful enough to cut through the rocky earth. This is a chocolate that requires you to extract its flavor and manually pick it apart because it will not jump out at you. In a sense, this is the quiet kid in class, the genius among bullies and future dropouts. Although shy in demeanor, his underlying character and vast intelligence exert a noticeably strong presence and must be approached to fully appreciate. In other words, this is the intellectual chocolate among a forceful and ostentatious lot; reserved in outward display but deep in inner character.

Alex Rast: 13-Oct-2005

Posted: October 13, 2005 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 9.5 10%
Look/snap: 9 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 9 5%
Length: 9.5 15%
Opinion: 9 30%
Total/100: 89.5 100%
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A super-complex blend from Domori that oozes luxury and refinement. Elegant from the first taste to the last, it’s a chocolate sure to please the sophisticates in the crowd, and makes a strong case for the view that blended bars can be equally elite as their single-source cousins. Flawless in execution although perhaps a bit cold and unemotional compared to Domori’s varietals: chocolate for the perfectionist.

Like all Domori chocolates, this has an irritating plastic wrapper, so it’s imperative to take the chocolate out and let it sit. Perhaps that’s good, the better to contemplate its beautiful appearance, smooth and red-tan, glossy, shrieking elegance. Eventually the aroma works its way to the nose, powerful, chocolatey, with coffee and blueberry highlights. It’s a dark roast for Domori it would seem, but that aroma is one of the best of any chocolate, period. A reference standard by which to compare.

The flavour is somewhat reserved given the aroma. Complexity is the keynote. More flavours than one can easily count proceed onto the palate, but roughly it starts out with a caramelly fruitiness, then works its way to coffee and coconut, the nuts settling in during the middle, and finishing with a long, pungent-sweet tobacco finish. Domori keeps everything very carefully modulated, so that this chocolate is classically restrained, never showing a wild side.

Perhaps this is the only criticism one can aim at it – there’s nothing really electrifying here, it’s just excellent, refined, complex chocolate. That’s very much a quibble when you get a flavour as good, and as permuted, as this one. As usual, Domori finishes it with a super-smooth and creamy texture, so that there is nothing to interfere with the polished, perfected image. There’s something self-referential, perhaps self-conscious, in all of this. If ever a chocolate were narcissistic, this would be the one.

Martin Christy: 22-Aug-2003

Posted: August 22, 2003 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 8.5 10%
Look/snap: 9 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 8.5 5%
Length: 8.5 15%
Opinion: 8.5 30%
Total/100: 85.25 100%
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Well moulded bar with a good purple/ochre lustre and a granite look on breaking. Red wine and strawberry aroma with a good blend of fresh and dark notes.

Once in the mouth this is instantly thick, creamy and intense without being overly bitter. First taste is of malt waffles and rum, then a sudden sharp spice, almost chilli, followed by dark treacle and high fruit notes with a slight earth note at the end. Length is a steady thick coffee cream, but not at all burnt.

Quintessentially chocolaty, yet with a wide range of interesting notes. Domori have created a blend of their finest products that stands out as a bar for pure eating enjoyment as well as for tasting. Gorgeous



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