Reviews for July 10th, 2014

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $6.00/16 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, sweet, refreshing. The acidity is crisply sweet and fruit-toned; the mouthfeel smooth, satiny. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, layered fruit – lemon, grape, peach – and a hint of flowers in the flavor, with the lemon note in particular carrying into a clean, sweet, slightly drying finish. Adding whole milk pleasantly develops the chocolate and rounds the fruit.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/11 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Balanced, sweetly bright, complex. Juicy, fruit-toned acidity; round, plush mouthfeel. Sweet cocoa, peach, ripe orange, a hint of flowers in flavor and finish. The addition of cold milk rounds flavor notes without dampening them.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $16.99/32 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Pleasingly deep, bittersweet, complex. The acidity is juicy and tart, the mouthfeel full and syrupy. In the flavor dark chocolate, lush flowers, papaya-like fruit. Rich fruit- and chocolate-toned finish. The addition of cold milk intensifies both the intensity of the flavors and the bittersweetness of the structure.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/32 fluid ounces

A pure coffee concentrate. Tested over ice in proportions of two parts concentrate to one part water. Sweet, crisp, pungent. Delicately bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. In the flavor caramel, hazelnut, black currant, pear, ripe orange, a hint of flowers. Hazelnut and citrus carry into a pleasing though rather short finish. The addition of cold milk paradoxically seems to intensify both fruit-toned acidity and floral sweetness.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.79/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, dry, nutty. Brisk, nut-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Walnut, roasted cacao nib, lemon, a sweetening hint of honeysuckle in flavor; tartly lemony in the finish. A small volume of cold milk develops sweetness and chocolaty depth.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/10.5 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. A sweetly tart structure dominates quiet, layered flavors: lavender-like flowers, milk chocolate, orangy citrus. Richly tart, drying acidity; round, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates with the addition of cold milk; the orange, lavender and chocolate notes mute but pleasingly survive.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.49/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bittersweet, roast-toned. Round but slightly bitterish acidity; full mouthfeel. In the flavor prune, apricot, scorched wood, dark chocolate, with a hint of citrus. In the finish sweetens and softens with a clearer expression of chocolate. The addition of cold milk surprisingly emphasizes the roasty tones and reasserts the bittersweet edge of the chocolate.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.96/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Round, gentle, softly crisp. Gentle acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. In the flavor caramel, apple, malty chocolate. Clean, rather dry finish. The addition of a small quantity of cold milk develops the chocolate tendency and sweetens the apple-like note.

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