Reviews for June 5th, 2012

Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $2500/16 ounces

Brightly acidy but also very sweet, almost sugary: ripe plum, lily-like flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Acidity is gently rich when the cup is hot; rather dominating as it cools. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is sweet and balanced in taste with distinct floral character, though rather sharply astringent in mouthfeel.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT$300/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Plum, peach, pungent cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and small cup, with the dark chocolate intensifying in the cup. Impressively round, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor fades rather quickly in the finish. In two parts milk the chocolate predictably rounds and sweetens, with continued echoes of plummy fruit.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $700/16ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, round, balanced. Fresh-cut cedar, baker’s chocolate, orange, toasted almond in aroma and small cup. Medium body, very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dryish, flavor-saturated finish. At its best in two parts milk, where it complexly expresses sweet chocolate and cedar-toned orange.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $1200/16 ounces

Deep, rich, chocolaty. The chocolate is nut-toned and fudge-like and complicated by raspberry-like fruit, night flowers and a hint of pungent cedar. Gentle, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor fades slightly in the finish, but remains sweet and chocolate-toned with perhaps a deepening hint of savory.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $650/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Round, balanced, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, gently pungent cedar, plum-like fruit in aroma and small cup. Full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; clean, cedar-toned finish. The plum-toned dark chocolate and fresh cedar retain their pleasing balance in two parts milk.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: $38.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Complex, cherry-and-chocolate notes in the small cup with hints of flowers and brandy. Syrupy mouthfeel; rich, long, cherry-toned finish. Turns crisp in two parts milk, with less fruit and more nut in the chocolate.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $520/16 ounces

Buttery caramel, gently pungent cedar, baker’s chocolate and a slight, pineapple-like tartness in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; the chocolate note in particular sweetens and lingers in a long, deep finish. Delicate in two parts milk; caramelly chocolate and a continued hint of pineapple-like fruit.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $700/8 ounces

Crisply sweet-toned, balanced, subtly complex. Cocoa, plum, peach, hints of dusk flowers and pungent cedar in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. The layered, delicate flavor fades slightly in the dryish finish.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $1200/8 ounces

Very sweet, gently bright, delicately fruit-toned. Lush flowers, cidery apple and tart, raspberry-like fruit in aroma and cup. Softly bright acidity; silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet in the finish.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: Not disclosed.

Notes of clean, fresh-turned earth and tartly sweet guava animate this exceptional Indonesian-style coffee, with complicating hints of grape and lily-like flowers. Rich, round, very sweet acidity; impressively full, lively mouthfeel. Sweetness carries into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish that turns slightly tart and drying in the long.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $1500/8 ounces

Brisk, original, complex. Light roasting emphasizes lavender floral notes, tartly sweet guava-like fruit, orange, and fresh raw sugar in aroma and cup. Delicate, smoothly bright acidity; soft, silky mouthfeel. Flavor maintains a gentle persistence in the sweet but drying finish.

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Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $1600/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, delicate, refreshingly and cleanly fruit-toned. Tart cherry, ripe orange, cedar, baker’s chocolate in aroma and small cup. Light in body but surprisingly silky-syrupy in mouthfeel; deep, flavor-saturated finish. Continued delicate but very complex in two parts milk, with both chocolate and fruit rounding and sweetening.

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