Thursday, December 4, 2008

Domori Chocolate

Domori is an Italian chocolate producer which makes chocolate from a number of different beans, mostly from Venezuela. Domori has both a criollo line, made from 100% criollo beans, and a cru line, made from a blend of criollo, trinitario and nacional beans.

Just a quick note on bean type, since Domori cru uses a blend of beans. Forastero beans are the most common used in bulk commercial chocolate. Crillo is considered a more gourmet bean and is used in much high-end chocolate. Trinitario is a hybrid of criollo and forastero. Nacional beans are a rare South American cacao varietal.

I tried three Domori varieties, two criollo and one cru.

Domori Puertofino, Venezulea, criollo 70% cacao ($4.95 for 0.9 oz. bar).
Nice flavor but somewhat indistinct, some vegetal and soil notes, mushrooms.

Domori Porcelana, Venezuela, criollo, 70% cacao ($4.95 for 0.9 oz. bar).
Beautiful, perfume nose. Dark and stormy with some fruit (berries). Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Domori Rio Caribe Superior, Venezuela, Cru, 70% ($7.95 for 2.64
Huge nose with fruit and chocolate. Rich and complex with dried fruit throughout. Creamy but not oily mouthfeel. Really superb.

I tend to like blends better than single origin or single bean chocolates and Domori's bars are no exception. The cru bar had more complexity than the 100%criollos which tended to be rather one dimensional.

Overall, I liked Domori's bars but wouldn't rank them among my very favorites.

Next week in chocolate: Pralus Chocolate

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