Reviews for December 4th, 2016

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $24.00/4 ounces

Lush, deeply sweet, richly savory. Plumeria, red currant, lime zest, frankincense, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetly tart, resonant finish is flavor-saturated, with all the notes from cup and short finish carrying far into the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $49.99/16 ounces

No. 24 Coffee of 2016: Willoughby's Panama Don Julian

Deeply sweet, richly savory. Butterscotch, lavender, tamarind, roasted cacao nib, mango in aroma and cup. Big, juicy acidity; viscous, velvety mouthfeel. In addition to resonant butterscotch and lavender tones in the short finish, the long introduces an appealing coconut note.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

No. 10 coffee of 2016: Kickapoo Ethiopia Charbanta

Delicately lush, deeply sweet. Blueberry, bergamot, wisteria, chocolate fudge, a hint of whisky in aroma and cup. Bright, lively acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish carries through on all the promises of the cup, including the suggestion of highlands Scotch whisky, a discreet touch of elegant, fruit-toned sweet ferment.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $47.50/8 ounces

Expressive, balanced, richly sweet. Lemon blossom, baker’s chocolate, cashew butter, aged Tequila, tea rose in aroma and cup. Vibrant, balanced acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Lemon blossom and cashew butter carry the short finish, while notes of aged Tequila, suggesting a refined sweet ferment, return in the long, enveloped by baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $32.00/8 ounces

Delicate, high-toned, sweetly tart. Lemon verbena, toffee, pomegranate, dark chocolate, lavender in aroma and cup. Vibrantly tart acidity; very silky, smooth mouthfeel. The quietly expressive finish centers around crisp lemon verbena notes and hints of spicy lavender.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $20.00/8 ounces

Crisply bright, resonantly sweet. Candied orange zest, nougat, sandalwood, vanilla, pineapple guava in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; delicate, billowy mouthfeel. Candied orange zest is the leading note in the flavor-saturated short finish, while pineapple guava and sandalwood, with a whisper of vanilla, resonate in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Magnolia Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, rich-toned. Apricot, pipe tobacco, narcissus, dark chocolate, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Gentle, round acidity; plush, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish opens with spicy chocolate tones in the short, followed by intimations of deep pipe tobacco and sweet narcissus in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $25.00/340 grams

Sweetly and richly spicy. Mango chutney, baker’s chocolate, freesia, tamarind, cumin in aroma and cup. Juicy, sweet-tart acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The clean, resounding finish is laden with floral and chocolate notes, with an intriguing hint of cumin.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $44.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Intense, deeply aromatic, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, scorched lemon zest, rose, passion fruit, vanilla in aroma and cup. Engaging, fruit-toned acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp finish consolidates to a cocoa-toned passion fruit with continued appealing notes of lemon zest.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Delicately rich, crisp, balanced. Dried apricot, baker’s chocolate, rhododendron, orange zest, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cinnamon-like spice leads in the short finish; dried fruit and vanilla-like flowers resonate in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $46.95/12 ounces

Bold, sweetly spice-toned. Molasses, hazelnut, cedar, persimmon, orange blossom in aroma and cup. Mild, balanced acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The gently drying finish offers notes of cedar and orange blossom in the short, consolidating to hazelnut in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $21.00/16 ounces

Delicate, intricately rich. Jasmine, sandalwood, lychee, roasted cacao nib, orange zest in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; silky-smooth mouthfeel. The aromatic wood-framed finish is crisp in the short, rounding to cocoa tones in the long.