Reviews for September 1st, 2014

Review Date: September 2014

Price: $49.95/8 ounces

No. 1 Coffee of 2014

Beautifully structured and almost impossibly intricate in flavor and aroma. The fruit sensation is so deep and so complex that one could find almost any note in it: we settled on guava, mango and tangerine. Intensely floral – passion fruit, lilac, lily – with crisp cacao nib and sandalwood complication. Rich, lyric acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The aromatic fireworks quiet a bit but still saturate the finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Deep, low-toned, opulent. Minty dark chocolate, ripe pineapple, orange, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Rich, round, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Fruit-nuanced chocolate rings far into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 13

Sweet-toned, gentle, juicy. Pineapple, sweet chocolate, rum, minty flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Round, richly lively acidity; full, very syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a finish that balances continuing sweetness with a crisp drying edge.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and delicately pungent; exotically complex. Honey, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, crisp suggestions of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently rich, brandyish acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $17.90/12 ounces

Balanced, quietly complete, subtly original. Orange, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers, roasted cacoa nib, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, smoothly nuanced acidity; syrupy though lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but maintains a resonant, layered complexity in a quiet, lasting finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: NT$ 480/8 ounces

Delicate and exotic. Sugar cane, ripe lime, orange, fresh-cut cedar, wisteria, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Soft, lyrically sweet acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, cleanly whisky-toned finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: HK $178/200 grams

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #30

Distinctly brandy-toned, sweet yet briskly pungent. Cleanly expressed brandy, strawberry-like fruit, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Round, gently vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, very buoyant and lively mouthfeel. Rich, deep, profoundly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: KRW 50,000/200 grams

Delicate, crisply and sweetly intricate. Honey, mango-like fruit, elderberry and very complex floral notes, ranging from bitterish lavender through lush honeysuckle. A hint of rye whisky, a sort of essence of rye whisky, supports the fruit and flowers. Tart though very sweet acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Balanced, sweet-toned, quietly complex. Fresh cane sugar and lush honeysuckle in front, supported by layered hints of orange, vanilla, roasted cacao nib, thyme. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Vanilla and orange in particular carry into a continued sweet, gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Very sweet, lyric, juicy. Honey, peach, caramel, honeysuckle-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicately and sweetly bright acidity; very silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around peach and caramel in a continuing sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Big, crisply sweet, deep. Brisk walnut, guava and roasted cacao nib in front, softened and supported by backgrounded narcissus-like flowers and aprium-like fruit. Rich, bittersweet-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate suggestions in particular carry into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $17.45/12 ounces

Sweet-toned, deep; lovely balance. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, white peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Plump, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, sweet, cleanly straightforward finish.

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