Reviews for February 8th, 2011

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $10.90/12 ounces

A richly balanced cup. Notes of sweet orange and floral-toned herb (coriander?) in the aroma. Softly bright acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. In the cup flavor leans toward black cherry and grapy dessert wine. Richness carries deep into the finish, as does flavor.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: CAD $17.00/12 ounces

Tart lemon and rose-like flowers dominate in aroma and cup, with the citrus turning sweeter and juicier in the cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; intense, citrusy acidity. Citrus fades in the finish but a nut-toned cocoa hinted at in aroma and cup becomes more explicit.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $13.99/16 ounces

Intense and distinctive in aroma and cup: earth, fresh-cut fir, pungent grapefruit. Moderate acidity, medium body. The intensity and intrigue in the flavor thins a bit in the finish, though the grapefruit-like citrus persists.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $6.00/8 ounces

Pleasingly gentle cup. Crisp nut-toned chocolate with rounder, deeper hints of cherryish fruit dominates in both aroma and cup. Smooth mouthfeel, soft acidity, deep-toned finish.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Delicately sweet aroma highlighted by a complex range of fruit: ripe berry, spicy citrus, with a backgrounded nut and fir. Gently tart acidity, medium body, silky mouthfeel. In the cup flavor smoothes and rounds, with the nut and fir moving forward and the fruit softening toward chocolate. Flavor persists in the short finish but fades toward a mild astringency in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: CAD $11.99/12 ounces

Crisp, bergamot-like citrus, lavender and fir in the aroma. Soft acidity; silky mouthfeel. The citrus rounds toward ripe lemon in the cup, with a hint of deeper, savory fruit. Fades slightly in the finish.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $10.75/12 ouncues

Round notes of butter, caramel, molasses and a hint of citrus in the aroma. Silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel, softly tart acidity. Fruit moves forward in the cup – apricot, a more distinct lemon – with continued suggestions of caramel and molasses. Flavor simplifies a bit in the quiet finish.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $16.95/16 ounces

Sweet, deep, tartly pungent aroma: ripe lemon, black currant. Rich acidity, slightly lean mouthfeel. Aromatics simplify in the cup, but remain pleasing and lively: lemon, pungent black currant, nut-toned cocoa.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $14.95/16 ounces

A straightforward, ultra dark-roasted blend that combines sweet notes of charred and aromatic wood with complications of anise and caramel. Medium body and a soft though rather lean mouthfeel. The charred, roasty edge carries into the finish, softened by continued sweetness.

Review Date: Feb 2011

Price: $10.00/12 ounces

Notes of sweet nut, caramel and aromatic wood in aroma and cup. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel and a finish enlivened by a bitter-edged chocolate and more aromatic wood.