Extraordinary dried-in-the-fruit profile. Lushly fruit-toned and brandyish, yet crisp with savory wood notes. Blueberry, cherry, brandy-nuanced dark chocolate, aromatic wood, night flowers in aroma and cup, carrying into the finish. A slight hint of salt in the finish as well, but the fruit-and-brandy sweetness rings on.
By Ted Stachura
August 11th, 2010
Resonant, big-bodied, aromatically complex espresso. Dark chocolate, aromatic wood, and a lush, brandy-toned fruit in both aroma and small cup. The flavor softens in two parts milk, with the chocolate taking on a minty sweetness, but still maintains grown-up power and complexity.
Sweet-toned aroma: toast, fruit and caramel. In the cup classically big, bright acidity, silky mouthfeel and juicy, complex fruit: apricot, peach, black currant, tart citrus with hints of flowers and honey. The fruit in particular lingers in a flavor-saturated finish.
Price: $11.75/12 oz.
Evaluated as espresso. Intense floral-toned aroma with fruit complications. In the small cup lightly syrupy mouthfeel and complex, rather savory, layers of chocolate, flowers and fruit: blueberry, stone fruit, lemon. The chocolate note sweetens and the fruit complex persists in the long, sustained finish. In two parts milk the flavors simplify slightly but maintain character.
Rich aroma: sweet nut and cocoaish chocolate, lemon, stone fruit, aromatic wood. All carry into a deceptively complex cup, softly layered rather than intense. Balanced acidity and lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet finish; flavors outlast a very slight astringency.
Soft, smooth aroma combining night flowers, orange and molasses. Elegantly penetrating, fruit toned acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and a lush, juicy complex of flavors: citrus, apricot, black currant and flowers. The flavors linger long into the crisp, clean finish.
Light lemon- and floral-toned aroma with hints of aromatic wood and sweet tea. In the cup smooth acidity, syrupy mouthfeel and a broad range of fruit notes: stone fruit, berries, black currant, flowers. Flavors fade slowly in the almost sugary sweet finish.
Flowers, butter and nut in the aroma with a fleeting hint of a buttery coconut-like fruit. In the cup penetrating orange-toned acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and complex layers of flavors: flowers, orange, lemon, nut and fir-like aromatic wood. Dry in the finish with citrus and fir tones lingering distinctly in the long.
Price: $11.95/12 oz.
A dynamic and engaging coffee. Lushly floral, tartly fruit-toned, with an underlying crisp baker's chocolate. Rich acidity, light-to-medium body. The complex flavor carries into the finish, though it loses some sweetness in the long.
Soft and balanced in the aroma with toasty notes of caramel, milk chocolate and nut. Rich acidity, silky mouthfeel and flavors that balance the sweet milk chocolate and nut complex with a softly tart, citrus-infused cocoa. Not a long finish, but a sweet one.
Soft and round-toned but with good intensity. Flavor and aroma fuse notes of chocolate and nut with a soft, sweet-toned fruit. Balanced acidity and silky mouthfeel. Flavors simplify and fade a bit in the finish, although the chocolate character persists pleasantly.