November 28, 2010

Domori – Rio Caribe

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Written by: Stuart Robson

As you would expect from Domori’s current line, the finish here is near perfect; a deep reddish brown with little to no bubbling and a lustrous shine. The snap is bright and clean.

The aroma is beautiful, complex and instantly enticing with red fruits, most notably cherry and raspberry backed by mixed nuts, wine and a somewhat toasted quality often found in Domori’s work.

The initial flavour is of slightly acidic currants, but soon mellows to persistent red fruits led by raspberry and lent body by light raisins and some subtle plumy notes. The light toasted cashew note found in the aroma resurfaces beneath the berries to add depth, before subtle yellow fruits and cut grass finish a beautifully balanced progression.

Textually the bar shows all that can be gained from omitting any additional cocoa butter; rich flavour delivery and a near perfect, slow and smooth melt with no sign of any waxiness. There is the odd undissolved particle which seems to be a common trait where Domori are concerned, it isnt overly distracting however.

Domori have produced a quite masterful take on this variety, Rio Caribe at its best; a deeply enjoyable bar showing a complex array of heady, full bodied flavours that are at once bold and complex, yet somehow soothing and melodious.

About the Author

Stuart Robson
Stuart Robson is a passionate foodie born in Scotland and based in Hertfordshire whose main expertise lies in the world of whisky and chocolate. He first began tasting fine chocolate in 2005 with Valrhona Manjari and has since developed a particular interest in single origin bars and a desire to highlight skilled cacao farmers and artisan producers all over the world. Stuart previously trained in Paris while working for a fine chocolatier, and has since become a reviewer for Seventypercent. He is still involved in freelance consultation for small companies working with bean-to-bar chocolate producers and chocolatiers.



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