Intense, complex floral notes, from crisp lavender to sweet lilies, with an underlying nut-toned dark chocolate that suggests fine roasted cocoa nibs. Zesty orange citrus. Rich acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish may be a tad too dry for some coffee drinkers but it is rich and deeply flavor-saturated.
By Kenneth Davids
August 7th, 2012
Extraordinary deep, shifting complexity. Honey, brandy, plum, dark chocolate, lush dusk flowers in aroma and cup, although along the way any number of other aromatic notes emerge with brief, startling clarity. Round, savory-sweet structure; rich, brandyish acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
Delicately rich, deeply fruit-toned: minty chocolate, caramel and lushly carnal fruit, apricot or mango. Gentle, deep-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated finish.
Price: NTD $2600/8 ounces
Shifting, engaging complexity. Just a few of the notes we registered: apricot, honey, melon, fresh pipe tobacco, cedar, dark chocolate. There were more. Delicately bright, floral-toned acidity; light, silky/satiny mouthfeel. Pleasingly soft though fading finish.
Impressively rich, deep, savory-sweet; dark chocolate, dusk flowers, honey, berry in aroma and cup. Comfortably backgrounded acidity; full, almost chewy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a long, resonant finish.
Intense, lyric, complex floral character – tea rose, lily, lavender, honey – anchored by a crisp, cocoa-toned chocolate. Sweet-toned, floral acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dry but rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Price: $49.00/8 ounces
Lush honey, crisp lavender, hints of peach and vanilla in aroma and cup. The acidity is quite tart, but also sweet and rich. Fullish, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and lavender carry into a sweet but drying finish.
Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Complex, bracing, bittersweet in structure. Crisp lavender-like flowers, dark chocolate, tart berry, softened by a sweet caramel in aroma and cup. Brisk, floral-toned acidity; silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lavender and dark chocolate carry into a rich but drying finish.
Floral high notes and honey sweetness overlay deeper, earthier notes that suggest mushrooms, moist fresh-fallen leaves, or, in the cup, the vegetal chocolate of roasted cocoa nibs. Richly tart acidity hints at lemon; lean but silky mouthfeel. Flowers in particular carry into a drying finish.
Briskly tart, bracingly bittersweet. Tangerine-like fruit, hints of flowers, fir and almond in aroma and cup. Surprisingly full, syrupy mouthfeel; richly tart acidity. The profile sweetens and softens in the finish, with the fruit and nut taking an unexpected turn toward chocolate.