Domori - Trinitario Line
Italian master chocolatier Gianluca Franzoni and his team make without doubt some of the best chocolate in the world. Complementing their sublime criollo line is a lovely selection of trinitario chocolate bars, which maintain Domori's characteristic delicate style while expressing more fruit and spice notes. Also included here is their Arriba Nacional bar, a distinct variety native to Ecuador.
Venezuela Sur del Lago 70%
Aroma: grains, malt, nuts, creamy peanut butter, molasses, leather,
Flavor: Very creamy, sweet, criollo-like, with flavors of toasted grains, cereals, cream, rich cocoa, coffee, very mild caramel, hazelnut-like subtleties, and marzipan. There is a little tang and some soft fruity/floral flavors - orange rind, dried cherries, apricot jam, honey. No bitterness. A slight hint of mushroom. Pleasant flavors linger for a long time.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. Lovely delicate criollo flavors with just a hint more fruitiness.
Batch info: Lot no. L8152 0012, Best before December 31, 2020
Aroma: toasted grains, malt, very slight cinnamon spiciness, fruit punch, horchata
Flavor: fruit punch, some creamy grain notes, toasted grains, apricot jam, cereals, a little red wine sourness, some walnuts and seeds, cinnamon but faint. Reminds me of creamy fruits like cherimoya, but without fruity tartness.
Recommendation: Recommended. Similarly to the Domori Nacional bar, this bar had distinct fruit punch flavors that dominated. It is tasty and interesting though not my personal favorite. If you like really fruit chocolate, you will enjoy this one.
Batch info: Lot no. L7188 00-12, Best before January 31, 2020
Madagascar Sambirano 70%
Aroma: creamy, marzipan, nutty, apricot jam, fruit punch, malted milk balls, custard, malted grains, little punches of fruitiness.
Flavor: Good chocolate flavor – brownie. Notes of unroasted nuts and seeds, soft woody bark flavor, a very faint hint of grapefruit bitterness near the end. A subdued fruitiness and slight tang became apparent with a bigger bite and a few chews - fruit punch, cherry candy, dried cherry, hazelnuts, soft peach, apricot jam, a hint of orange marmalade. Also a cream/crème fraiche/toasted coconut/macadamia nut richness. The more I ate of it, the more a lovely richness lingered – like dairy fat or delicate rich nut oils. The texture is excellent, thick and fudgy, probably since there is no additional cocoa butter added.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. Domori does a beautiful job with Trinitario beans as well as criollo, producing refined bars that highlight the delicate and subtle notes. This would be a great comparison to bolder Madagascar bars like Ritual or Valrhona Manjari.
Batch info: Lot no. L8135-0012, Best before November 30, 2020
Aroma: coffee, nutty, cocoa shells, dry soil, dry leaves, sweet aromas like sweet hay, fruity hazelnuts, and malt.
Flavor: Main flavors are lovely delicate mix of chocolate malt, hot cocoa, and toasted grains. Delicate almond butter or hazelnuts. When you let it melt, these creamy, mellow flavors predominate. As it melts/when chewed, some fruity and soft earthy flavors become more apparent: mushroom, green tea; orange rind, candied pineapple and mango, fruit punch, peach. The mix of cooked grain and fruit flavors is almost like steel cut oats with berries and cream. It ends on a clean sweet note.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. This bar has the typical ultra-smooth highly refined character that Domori does so well.
Batch info: Lot no. L78080 0500, Best before September 30, 2019
Ecuador Arriba Nacional 70%
Aroma: nutty, almond
Flavor: marzipan, fruit punch – strange!, lingering fruit
Recommendation: Recommended. This bar is unusual in its simplicity and fruit punch flavors, and definitely worth trying. Some people might really like this profile. However, I did find it a little one-sided and less interesting and complex than Ecuador bars by Dandelion, Creo, and Soma.
Batch info: Lot no. L8284 0013, Best before April 4, 2021
Colombia Teyuna 70%
Aroma: rich aroma – criollo, fruity -dried fruit, quince paste, cocoa powder, apple
Flavor: rich chocolate, toasted almond, hazelnut, marshmallow, fudge, fruit punch, apple, raisin, vanilla, a little red fruit – a hint of fresh berries, dried cherry, orange rind, slight muddy and green seed flavors. Very little bitterness, no astringency.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. You will notice some similarities to Domori’s criollo bars, but there are more fruity and earthy flavors.
Batch info: Lot no. L8136 0805, Best by November 11, 2020