Richly and deeply complex. Black currant, blackberry, dark chocolate, brandy, hints of lemon and fir in aroma and cup. Crisply balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Long, rich, resonant finish.
By Kenneth Davids
June 6th, 2011
Price: CAD $17.00/12 ounces
Bright, high-toned and complex. Flowers, honey, lemon zest, pungent fir and pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. The acidity is gentle and sweetly tart; the body light but the mouthfeel particularly smooth and silky. Flavor carries into a tart but juicy finish.
Delicate, meadowy, complex, refreshing. Flowers and the pure taste of the coffee fruit – sweet, tart and slightly vegetal – dominate, with deeper, anchoring suggestions of molasses and pipe tobacco, the moist, fresh kind. Gentle acidity; very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Bright but balanced. Tart coffee fruit reads as a crisp-toned but lavish layering of cherry, orange and lemon suggestions with an anchoring hint of fresh-cut fir. Intense but sweet-toned acidity; lightly silky mouthfeel. Sweet, rich short finish; a very slight hint of astringency in the long.
Price: CAD $44.07/1 kg. (2.2 lbs.)
An espresso blend evaluated here for use with non-espresso brewing methods (drip, French press): Distinct dark chocolate in aroma and cup, enlivened by a hint of pungent, grapefruity citrus. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Citrus and lemon carry into a smooth, sweet finish.
Deep, sweet, and pungent with the dry fruit notes: black currant and cherry complicated by suggestions of fresh-tanned leather and fresh-cut fir. The acidity is rich and assertive, the mouthfeel heavy but slightly lean. The dry berry notes carry deep into an intense, resonant finish.
Delicate, meadowish, gently balanced. Lemon, blackberry, flowering grass and a hint of spicy nut in aroma and cup. Softly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor and sweetness persist in a surprisingly deep, rich finish.
Honey and flowers dominate in aroma and cup, complicated by coffee fruit that reads variously as lemon, fresh-cut fir, and pungent, moist pipe tobacco. Tartly sweet, floral-toned acidity; leanish, almost silky mouthfeel. Very rich, long, flavor-sustained finish.
Deep, resonant, very sweet-toned in aroma and cup. A slight hint of sweet ferment encourages a deep plum-like and banana-like fruit and dark chocolate complicated by a pungent hint of fir. Rich, low-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some chocolate carries into an agreeable but simple finish.
Classic darker roasted Sumatra. Gently scorched fir and earth notes hint at dark chocolate, complicated by a pungent citrus that clearly suggests grapefruit. The chocolate and grapefruit suggestions carry into a very mildly astringent finish.
Price: CAD $17.50/12 ounces
Crisp and silky. Honey, cocoaish nut, hints of cedar and flowers in aroma and cup. The acidity is tartly sweet and assertive. The crisp, out-doorsy aromatics persist into a smooth finish.
Notes of floral-toned coffee fruit read as lemon, sweet nut and fir in aroma and cup. Tart acidity with a citrus-zest assertiveness; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The tart fruit sweetens and smoothes in a ripe, lemony finish.