October 13, 2009
Not very probable, especially with the information on the back suggesting otherwise, but in the if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a duck category, I have to say that I wonder. Both in aroma and flavour it's almost a dead ringer for Domori Chacao Absolute. Indeed, when I first smelled it my first thought was "smells like Domori!" You gotta wonder, too, because it's a 70% organic with beans sourced from the Dominican Republic. Pretty strong coincidence I might say. Nonetheless the label reads Produced in Germany, and indeed the mould matches that of Rausch, and furthermore the ingredients indicate lecithin and cocoa butter that aren't in the Domori product. Yet the flavour is so eerily reminiscent I can't shake the feeling that there is *some* relationship here. Might I also add that the bar is, needless to say, with the same flavour and aroma of the same (outstanding) quality level as Domori's Chacao Absolute and at 94p/100g must be one of the great chocolate values of the world, then. Can anyone identify the original manufacturer?
BTW, another high-quality organic: Charlemagne 88% is a great high-percentage organic. Perhaps not quite as sophisticated or with such depth of flavour as the Domori or Sainsbury's but still marvellous - and the first really superb entry into the 80% class chocolate range for an organic.
July 31, 2006
I just got this bar. I can see the similarity with Domori texture, but this may just be similar machinery or a small particle size. I'm trying to get from Sainsburys the country of manufacturer, which would help. I would say the melt and mouth feel left behind are too clean for Domori.
That very smooth cream texture is hiding some nasty flavour notes. In part reminds me of 'felt tip pen', then there's a dark, mouldy spike kicking at the back. Sour after taste, which does hold and suggests some quality. I found a some meaty notes at the sides of my mouth after eating though, so there could be something wrong with the beans.
The Charlemagne is not bad, especially for its strength, but does seem rather generic.
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