Sweet fruit-punch aroma with notes of butter, flowers, wine and cedar. Lush fruit-toned acidity, silky body and complex flavors of guava nectar, honey, vanilla, berries and cherry-like chocolate. Fruit-saturated finish, with flavor hints outlasting a very slight astringency.
By Kenneth Davids
February 9th, 2009
Orange- and lemon-toned fruit, a hint of cedar in the aroma. Soft acidity, smoothly silky mouthfeel, very complex in the cup: pipe tobacco, cocoa, a hint of flowers, orange and lemon. Orange and lemon in particular saturate the sweetly pungent, slightly astringent finish.
Remarkable aromatic balance and big, suavely sweet acidity make this a remarkable blend despite its relatively light body and short finish. Dark chocolate, aromatic wood, tart, cherryish fruit carry from aroma through cup with poised authority.
Round aroma of tangerine, toast and flowers. Bright yet balanced acidity, smooth body and citrus tones that sweeten toward lemonade and chocolate. Long, sweet finish, with mild cocoa notes.
Not particularly refined, but balanced and robust, especially when hot. Rich, pungently roasty aroma: roasted nut, aromatic wood, cherryish dark chocolate. Aromatic wood and an attractive dry, nutty chocolate dominate in the cup. Simple but very rich finish.
Straightforward, balanced traditional American cup: sweet but gently tart and acidy, lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, hints of aromatic wood and butter in the aroma turning toward a pungent dark chocolate in the cup. The chocolate suggestion saves a slightly astringent finish from simplicity.
Soft aroma with hints of fruit and toast. Sweet acidity, full body and supple mouthfeel. In the cup berry, flowers, grapefruit, and delicate earth and aromatic wood tones. Hints of chocolate and nut complicate a dry finish. Simplifies as it cools.
Lively citrus and berry in the aroma with hints of spice and flowers. Bright-toned acidity, medium body with a slight roughness in the mouthfeel. Continued tartly sweet citrus and berry in the cup with a mild nuttiness that carries into a clean finish.
Aromatic notes of cocoa, nuts and toast. Soft acidity, full body, with dark chocolate, fir, earthy suggestions and a distant hint of fruit. Dry, lingering cocoa-toned finish with a slight roasty roughness developing in the long.
Pungent dry berry notes of the kind often called black currant, dominate in the aroma, with hints of orange, chocolate and aromatic wood. In the cup subdued acidity, substantial body, continued dry berry and chocolate notes with a backgrounded musty earth. The cups were uneven in our sample, with the best cleanly rich and dryly chocolaty in the finish and another revealing the slightly too aggressive sharp mustiness.
Richly pungent aroma with notes of gently charred wood, floral-toned fruit, hints of citrus and butter. The roasty notes recede in the cup, allowing the delicate floral and orange top notes and cocoa and dry berry to move forward. Gentle acidity, light body but silky mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a short, slightly rough finish.