Richly and sweetly bright aroma with aromatic wood, peach-toned fruit and cocoa notes. In the cup quietly acidy, elegantly crisply sweet, deeply floral, with distinct peach-toned fruit and hints of cocoaish chocolate that carry into a long, flavor-glistening finish.
By Kenneth Davids
September 5th, 2008
Sweetly bright aroma, with tight-knit complexity: flowers, cocoa, honey, aromatic wood. In the cup lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, sweetly and lushly acidy but superbly balanced, with deep-toned night floral notes, orangy citrus and continued hints of cocoa and aromatic wood. Rich, flavor-saturated finish with a very slight astringency essentially lost in flowers.
Sweet-toned, gently bright aroma: flowers, flowering grass, honey, a hint of cocoaish chocolate. In the cup lushly tart, deeply floral (jasmine, honeysuckle), with continued honey and crisp cocoa notes. The flowers in particular carry into a sweet finish.
Sweet-toned, deeply pungent aroma: blackberry, black currant, nut. In the cup soft acidity, lightly syrupy body, great depth and sweetness. The dry berry notes take on a crisp dark chocolate character that carries into the long, rich finish.
Simple, lush aroma with nut and molasses notes. In the cup syrupy mouthfeel, smooth acidity, powerful sweetness. The molasses notes round richly toward a floral-toned honey, balanced by a crisp, dry walnut. Finishes richly with a continued dry, edge-of-astringent walnut note.
A complex aromatic profile with hints of caramel, honey, fruit, toasted grains and chocolate. Bright, tangy acidity, with a full, elegant mouthfeel. A well balanced cup, tangy Key lime and juicy orange-like tones fade toward a round, satisfying sweetness. A clean aftertaste overall, with slight hints of melted milk chocolate lingering in the long finish.
A light floral aroma mingles with hints of tangy fruit as well as sweet toast and nuts. Bright, balanced, somewhat winy acidity, lean but silky mouthfeel. Complex flavors combine mild citrus, jasmine, and berries with roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of juniper. A sweet baker's chocolate finish lingers.
Sweet berry-toned aroma with deepening hints of aromatic wood. Balanced sweet, winy acidity, with a smooth and syrupy mouthfeel. Concentrated dried blueberry and a fruit punch-like sweetness in the cup are balanced by a slightly musty note that reads as pleasant nuttiness. Long, dry finish with lingering notes of nut and cedar.
Low-toned, rich aroma: molasses, nut, floral topknots. In the cup smooth, deep, simple. The roast-influenced sweet caramel and molasses notes grow crisper under the influence of a gentle acidity, taking on a dark chocolate nuance.
A sweet-toned aroma with hints of caramel, milk chocolate and a soft roasty note. In the cup, mild floral brightness, medium body, good sweetness enveloping distinct walnut-like notes. The nut tones persist pleasantly into the long finish.
A balanced aroma combining mild tanginess with a mild, toasty sweetness. The acidity is balanced as well, softly sweet yet brisk. Medium to full bodied, with flavors of bright summer fruit and sweet chocolate. The sweet chocolate carries into a delicate finish.
An easy cup to describe but a difficult one to rate, given that canned blends of this kind are hardly coffee at all in the traditional understanding of the term, rather another kind of beverage altogether: no acidity or brightness, sweet but woody, with an herby, peppery pungency and a molasses note that aspires to chocolate but doesn't quite make it past the wood and herb. Smoothes out in a neutral but pleasantly sweet finish. We gave it the benefit of the doubt at 81.