A slight deviation from Domori’s typcial approach, Kamba Blend 70 is a bit rougher in texture and mouthfeel, but still possessive of Domori’s charactersitc flavor qualities. Chocolate instinct indeed.
Alex Rast: 14-Oct-2005
A very complex chocolate indeed, displaying an awe-inspiring palette of flavours. Somewhat more aggressive than Grand Blend, and perhaps not quite so balanced, but very distinctive in its flavours – one that reveals its components a bit like an exploded diagram. There’s a lot going on here, and at times it can be a bit confusing – might Domori have gone over the edge on complexities? But in the end the flavours have been harmonised, so that it’s a satisfying tour through the chocolate territory.
Unlike the perfect finish of Grand Blend, this bar looks much more rustic, with an uneven surface showing some colour nonuniformities, and lots of bubbling. It almost looks hastily done. However, the basic colour is quite appealing, inviting more exploration. Aroma begins that exploratory journey. It’s astonishingly complex, starting with cinnamon and making its way to currants, before shifting to more of a red-wine note, and overall bearing the Domori signature: pungent, spicy, densely textured.
Flavour is likewise complex, perhaps even more so. A hyper-grapey burst starts it off, powerful enough to knock you senseless, but recover fast, for in quick succession follow cocoa and coffee with a raspberry hint. Then the finish goes on for ages with earthy and strawberry flavours mixed (!) and hazelnut traces. A lot to take in! Texture doesn’t get in the way, although it isn’t as smooth as Domori’s Grand Blend line. It’s still above-average and quite creamy.
Your head will be spinning after this chocolate, so complex is it. Surprisingly, Domori pulls it off so that the flavours aren’t jarring or badly mismatched. All stand out in high relief, so there isn’t much effort at truly mixing, however, so that what one has is a blend that is simply the sum of its parts. Nonetheless, many attractive parts make for a very pleasant whole.
Hans-Peter Rot: 10-Sep-2005
When you look at this bar, you’ll notice an appearance that doesn’t yield to the fashion sense of conventional molding. No, here you’ll discover a profusion of air bubbles, intense rope-like ribboning, and a relative lack of sheen that usually gives even the poorest molded bars a breath of dignity. “”Rustic”" comes to mind, and certainly “”sloppy,”" and a few other descriptors bellow forth as I shake my head in abject disapproval.
But things start to get better. The color seems to blaze from the slovenly molded bar, with an exorbitantly vibrant tint of magenta and purple. The bar is dark too, but the brightness seems to illuminate it disproportionately, making it stick out and ultimately causing me to forget about the listless surface. And as I inhale the aroma, I almost give in to the temptation of devouring the bar mindlessly. The aroma fiercely glows with Domori’s usual alcohol/fermented charm — ravishingly acidic and perky, reminiscent of tart berries, with accents of plums, concord grapes, and an underlying peanut nuance that all entice consumption immediately.
Tart and fermented grapes unleash their fury — strongly acidic, but pleasantly so, and quite robust as well, this is an astonishingly powerful opening. Maintaining this power, but transitioning into a redder guise, the chocolate then encompasses other flavors, such as cranberries, plums, and raspberries until nuts close off the length. Texturally, the consistency is of Domori’s usual pastiness but at the same time, it sinks far below the creaminess of the other lines, suggesting this line is perhaps of lower quality (but still of comparable excellence in flavor).
This chocolate has a flavor and complexity that both seem out of control and chaotic, spiraling around in a frenetic dance that seemingly never follows a distinct pattern. But it does. It might be disorienting at first because it attacks head-on, at full velocity, so you must be prepared beforehand to deconstruct it lest you get completely engulfed. And if you’re fully accustomed to the texture of Domori’s other lines, then prepare for a consistency that’s much thicker, and for lack of a better word, “”rough.”" Indeed, this bar is a divergence for Domori, but by no means has it gone in a bad direction. No, despite its noticeably lesser quality, the chocolate is still reasonably balanced and provides enough interest to provoke frequent return trips.