Reviews for December 8th, 2009

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Startlingly intense, sweet-toned notes of ripe lemon, baker’s chocolate and night flowers runs through the profile aroma through finish. Roundly rich acidity, plush mouthfeel. The baker’s chocolate sweetens toward a crisp bittersweet chocolate in the cup and finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Deep and penetrating floral aroma: orangy sweetness and blackberries. Gentle acidity, smooth mouthfeel, and an intense, flavor-saturated character in the cup: classic black currant notes mingle forcefully with the concentrated sweetness of dried berries and flowers. Long, intensely sweet finish with the flavor notes delicately lingering and softening toward a fruit-toned chocolate.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Delicate, tartly crisp profile. In the aroma pungent nut, semi-sweet chocolate. In the cup balanced acidity, silky mouthfeel, intense sweetness with continued nut and dry chocolate notes. Very sweet, very long, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Pungent aroma of mixed fruit, a fir-like wood and honey. These aromatic notes grow more intense and complex in the cup, displaying suggestions of herb and a more fragrant, cedar-toned wood. The fruit notes – berry, stone fruit, citrus and black currant – become more prominent as the cup cools, persisting in a long, flavor-rich finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Intense aroma: round fruitiness suggesting black currant, mixed berries, lemon, toast, soft night flowers. Bright-toned acidity, medium body with a delicately syrupy mouthfeel and a particularly juicy tartness suggesting something like Satsuma oranges in syrup, together with continuing notes of flowers and berries, all lingering deeply into the finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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The edge of fruit ferment typical of this style of dry-processed coffee richly complicates the profile. Sweet cherryish fruit, distinct brandy-like notes and a hint of chocolate in the aroma. In the cup quietly vibrant acidity, full mouthfeel, continued rich brandy and chocolate notes with a suggestion of lemon. All carry into a surprisingly clean, balanced but deep finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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A sweet-toned, round cup with balanced acidity, soft mouthfeel and delicate aroma of lemon and flowers. The lemon and flowers carry into the cup turning deeper and more complex with hints of sweeter fruit and dark chocolate. Clean finish with a mild but persistent sweetness.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Complex aroma combining suggestions of orangy citrus and dried lavender with hints of honey and baking spices. In the cup rich, fruity acidy, medium body with a lightly silky mouthfeel and broad, juicy, floral-toned flavor notes with more citrus and complicating hints of chocolate and crisp white wine. Finishes cleanly with fruit and chocolate lingering and sweetening in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Sweet-toned floral, apricot and marmalade notes in the aroma. Bright fruity acidity and continued flavors of apricot and flowers in the cup supported by concentrated chocolate-toned, dried fruit sweetness. The fruity chocolate character deepens in the finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Aroma of sweet tangerine, caramel and muted flowers. The flowers become more pronounced in the cup, saturating the very bright, fruit-floral acidity. The tangerine-like citrus carries into the cup as well, complicated by soft suggestions of black currant and stone fruit. The finish is pleasingly sweet and fruit-toned.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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A darkish roast turns the pungent, slightly earth-toned fruit toward grapefruit and butterscotch in the aroma. In the cup round, resonant acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The pungent, butterscotch-like fruit takes on clear floral and chocolate complications that strengthen in the finish. Flavor outlasts a very mild astringency in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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Rich, pronounced but sweet-toned acidity dominates aroma and cup. Milk chocolate, fresh-cut aromatic wood and a hint of fruit in the aroma. In the cup heavy body, continued aromatic wood and chocolate with a dry, pungent fruit that suggests black currant or dried apricot. Flavor outlasts astringency in the long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Dec 2009

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An intense cup. Pungent herb and cedar mingle with a soft fruit in aroma and cup. Full body, smooth mouthfeel. The fruit sweetens toward chocolate in the cup, balancing the sharper herb and cedar notes. The chocolate persists to soften the long, dry finish.