Reviews for October 9th, 2017

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Delicate, subtly and richly sweet. Dried hibiscus, pistachio, black currant, roasted cacao nib, myrrh in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory, gently bright structure; smoothly satiny mouthfeel. The finish, both deeply sweet and richly drying, consolidates to dried hibiscus in the short, while cocoa-toned black currant with a hint of myrrh return in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2017: Coffee No. 19

Delicate, balanced, sweetly spice-toned. Strawberry, almond, cocoa powder, fine musk, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Integrated, juicy, balanced structure. Velvety, lively, almost effervescent mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish leads with notes of sweet berries in the short, rounding to deep florals in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: NT $950/16 ounces

Sweetly tart, crisply herb-toned. Gooseberry, bay leaf, freesia-like flowers, lightly scorched clove, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Juicy, sweet-tart structure; plump, satiny mouthfeel. Low-toned notes of chocolate and sweet, gently scorched clove dominate the finish, with gooseberry complications more pronounced in the short and bay leaf in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet-tart, fruit-toned. Notes of cascara (dried coffee cherry), lemon verbena, honeysuckle-like flowers, dark chocolate, black peppercorn in aroma and cup. In structure crisp but almost candy-like sweet and deeply fruit-forward; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish, long, resonant and consistent, foregrounds the sweet herbaceous notes, both lemon verbena and cascara, wrapped in dark chocolate.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: NT $440/8 ounces

Delicately sweet-tart, floral-toned. Strawberry, lavender, cashew, cedar, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Lush and bittersweet in structure, animated by a vibrant, satiny-smooth acidity. The finish evokes fruit and spicy florals in the short, quieting to chocolate and nut butter in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Rich-toned, savory-sweet. Pie cherry, violet, ginger, pipe tobacco, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Deep, sweetly savory in structure; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The crisp finish consolidates to notes of pie cherry and pipe tobacco in the short with hints of ginger resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Balanced, crisply sweet-tart. Lemongrass, cardamom, cocoa powder, rhododendron-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. The structure fuses sweet, tart and savory tendencies, enlivened by a quietly juicy acidity. Buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp finish is richly sweet, with notes of lemongrass and vanilla-like florals carrying into the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: CAD $18.00/12 ounces

Cohesive, intricately bittersweet. Dried hibiscus, nutmeg, maple syrup, baker’s chocolate, peach in aroma and cup. Balanced, bittersweet structure; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp finish is redolent of hibiscus and maple syrup notes in the short and chocolate in the long, with undertones of nutmeg.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $18.99/8 ounces

Deeply and richly sweet, fruit-forward. Sweet/sour notes suggesting Jolly Rancher hard candy, pink peppercorn, roasted almond, fresh-cut redwood, lilac in aroma and cup. Bright, sweetly tart structure; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is candy-like through and through, with undertones of pink peppercorn and aromatic redwood.