Rich aroma with nut and blackberry notes that deepen and resonate in the cup, adding hints of lemon, red wine, flowers, cocoa. Poised and balanced acidity, roundly rich finish, shimmers of flowers.
By Kenneth Davids
August 4th, 2008
A dramatically light roast of a flawless coffee nets an intensely high-toned, delicate cup. Honey and flowers in the aroma, in the cup sweet-toned, wine-like acidity, silky mouthfeel, continued honey, flowers and white wine with a pungent hint of pipe tobacco. The finish is rich and dry without imbalancing astringency.
Crisp, gently bright aroma: fir, blackberry. Gentle but rich in the cup: delicate acidity, medium to light body, dry yet juicy berry notes, flowers, a hint of chocolate. Berry notes saturate the dry, elegant finish.
Soft, balanced, sweet-toned aroma: flowers, cedar, chocolate. In the cup crisply dry with a gentle underlying sweetness: night flowers, black currant, cocoa. The cocoa note in particular carries from cup to long, quietly resonant finish.
Sweet-toned, softly acidy aroma, with crisp, cedary fruit notes (aka black currant) complicated by hints of flowers and dark chocolate. In the cup powerfully acidy, dry, pungent but juicy. with citrusy berry and a continued nod toward a cocoaish dark chocolate. The finish stays on the rich side of astringent.
A bright, citrusy profile. Very sweet-toned aroma with tight-knit complexity: flowers, pipe tobacco, and a soft, orangy citrus. In the cup pronounced acidity, medium body, richly distinct floral notes with continued citrus notes that turn toward a sweet but tart grapefruit under the influence of the acidity.
Crisp but symphonically complex aroma: cherryish fruit, honey, a hint of butter and pungent undertones of cedar and leather. In the cup rich acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, and continued deep, dry fruit notes suggesting a cedar-toned cherry. The finish is as rich as the cup but as the flavor fades the dry character tightens toward astringency.
Soft, sweet-toned aroma: crisp black cherry, honey, a hint of flowers. In the cup rich acidity, syrupy mouthfeel, pungent but lush: dry berry, hints of flowers, flowering grass, herb. The dry finish remains on the rich side of astringent.