Domori Colombia Teyuna 70% 85/100

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Spanish for ‘Lost City’, Teyuna is a trinitario variety grown on the northern coast of Colombia nestled in the Sierra Nevada not far from the border with Venezuela. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Turin to be processed by Domori’s dedicated chocolatiers.

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I’ve tried some chocolate from Colombia, but not enough to put a stamp on what Colombian chocolate tastes like, having tried coffee from Colombia too, I’m aware that it’s a big country with a lot of varied terrain and therefore terroir. It would appear to me so far that areas in the south such as Huila and Tolima help to produce a fruity acidity and complex flavours, whereas northern regions fixed around the Sierra Nevada and closer to Venezuela tend to express a more refined and archetypal flavour more similar to Maracaibo or Sur Del Lago. This is only a general sense though and not fixed or specific, what you can almost be sure of though is that the chocolate work will be of high quality with the bar coming from Domori. Opening the packaging there’s the ubiquitous 4 piece Domori mould, which when broken reveals buttery tones of nuts and honey, there’s definitely a Venezuelan similarity here, although it’s definitely different. To taste this bar is pleasant enough, displaying some good processing qualities and some interesting notes of terroir. There’s some nut, butter and sugar flavours here that seem specifically intrinsic to this cacao and they’re brought out with a pleasant butterscotch mouthfeel and some decent balance. This bar doesn’t have a lot of wow factor, but there’s also very little to complain about either, it’s not boring more averagely good, it performs well in most of its criteria, but fails to offer anything excellent or truly unique. For fans of sweet nutty flavours like butter pecan or honey roasted peanuts, this bar’s definitely one for you, providing these flavours in bounds, but if you’re looking for something special Domori offer plenty of other more exciting bars of chocolate, especially in their Venezuelan criollo ranges.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, cane sugar

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Milky medium brown
Texture: Weathered sandstone
Mould: Traditional 4 piece Domori mould

Snap: Crisp
Temp/Shine: Glossy matte

Aroma 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 7.5
Notes: Deep cocoa, butter, nuts, honey
Quality: Refined, simple

Melt/Mouthfeel 8.5/10

Length: Medium
Evenness: Even
Texture: Butterscotch, silky, smooth
Quality: Quick, pleasant

Acidity 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 2
Notes: Lime rind
Quality: Balancing

Sweetness 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 7
Notes: Butterscotch
Quality: Bright, light

Flavour 8.5/10

Intensity(0-10): 8
Type: Sweet, bitter
Notes: Butterscotch, buttery nuts, pecan, cocoa
Quality: Desert like, honest

Length 8.5/10

Flavours develop and get longer in the middle but later rounds end abruptly

Finish 8.5/10

Notes: Buttery nuts, cocoa
Quality: Sweet butterscotch nuts fill the end of the bar, before leaving a bittersweet cocoa flavour to linger

Balance 8.5/10

Sweetness can come to dominate, but for the most part this bar is balanced in a bittersweet fashion, somewhat heavy structure provides plenty of anchoring

Overall 8.5/10

Bar has some depth, there’s some dimension too, simple complexities are adequately balanced and structure wavers between medium and heavy, expression seems individual and processing helps with refinement


Domori’s Tasting Notes: Features cashew and honey notes and a sweet long-lasting flavour.

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