Reviews for February 4th, 2016

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Crisply and subtly sweet. Black currant, almond, gardenia-like flowers, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Rounded, rich acidity; light but syrupy mouthfeel. Black currant and chocolate notes resonate in the quietly rich-toned, gently drying finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $7.99/13 ounces

Those who value a roundly assertive Kenya with rich, complexly stated sweetness enveloping tart fruit notes. An almost shockingly low price for a Kenya this distinctive and pleasing.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Spicy, crisply sweet. Green apple and grape, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib, a hint of myrrh in aroma and cup. Round, brisk but juicy acidity; silky mouthfeel. Citrus and sandalwood, in particular, carry into a dry, zesty finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $8.49/12 ounces

Sweetly and gently pungent, quietly complex. Dark chocolate, cedar, hazelnut, plum in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded but softly resonant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Hints of dark chocolate, cedar and plum all linger faintly but persistently in a sweet-toned finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Delicately and richly sweet. Orange marmalade, tea rose, fresh-cut fir, cashew in aroma and cup. Round, bittersweet acidity; full, lightly velvety mouthfeel. Fir and plum predominate in the quietly sweet, slightly drying finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $7.79/12 ounces

Rich, roast-rounded. Baker’s chocolate, hazelnut, fir, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Gentle, balanced acidity; crisp, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors consolidate in a dry, spicy finish, with chocolate lingering into the long.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Quiet, sweet-savory. Green apple, brown sugar, cedar, white peppercorn in aroma and cup. Brisk, juicy acidity; plump mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, dry finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Quiet; brisk but sweet. Black tea, almond, elm, bergamot, carob in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; full, plush mouthfeel. Citrusy finish in the short, carob and elm in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Mild, sweetly pungent. Apricot, brown sugar, hints of dark chocolate and lily in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; plump mouthfeel. Flavor makes a rather faint last stand in a quiet finish.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $4.49/10.3 ounces

Crisply sweet, delicate, balanced but simple. Molasses, raisin, freshly cut fir, a hint of hazelnut in aroma and cup. Crisp, though rather muted, acidity; silky, but very light, mouthfeel. Sweet in the finish, though drying and rather woody.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $8.49/28 ounces

Cloying raw nut and vaguely spicy wood dominate in both aroma and cup, with some suggestions of roasted cacao nib and raisin. Simple, bittersweet acidity; syrupy, though rather inert, mouthfeel. Flavor smooths out a bit in the finish, with a little more cacao and raisin and a little less raw nut and wood.