October 6, 2005

Domori – Porcelana – review – Hans-Peter Rot

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Written by: Hans-Peter Rot

Though Domori’s bars usually suffer in appearance due to minimal processing, Porcelana has obviously received top priority. The bar is truly a sight for sore eyes, radiating with a beautiful sheen that reflects a rusty shade of orange. The aroma continues to build excitement with a simple yet luxurious theme of strawberries and cream, which is underscored by an intriguing bread-like component. At this point, it’s virtually impossible not to fall in love with the chocolate before tasting it!

The chocolate immediately starts the show on the purest and one of the most awe inspiring flavors the word “chocolate” should embody. This chocolatiness doesn’t relent either, instead gushing its contents ever stronger as strawberries and cream add a strong sense of the sophisticate and never crowd the palate with complexity. Indeed, with such a refined flavor that speaks purely and boldly of the Porcelana bean, who could possibly want more? It’s like looking through the clearest crystal and seeing only perfection. Domori has successfully delivered the best interpretation of this varietal, capturing its notes loudly with a perfect balance that was probably achieved by a breaching of philosophy.

Just about the only semblance to Domori’s usual style is the texture, which is super smooth and creamy. Not to discredit the bean, this smoothness can also be attributed to the innate characteristics of the cacao itself, which always has a topnotch texture. It’s apparent that Domori knew exactly what they were dealing with and decided to tread carefully with this gentle cacao. There are no fermented notes, no uncontrolled acidity, no wild intensity levels, or any other irregularities that ruin the chocolate. Like Beethoven’s “”Für Elise,”" the chocolate is simple yet beautiful, unfolding soft and delicate notes in a procession of gentility that could hardly convey the same sensation if altered with complexity. Both resonate through the senses with sheer complacency and send you melting into total relaxation.

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