Crisp, bright, richly sweet-savory. Wild honey, black cherry, lemon verbena, hazelnut, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, vivid structure with sweetly tart, juicy acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Resonant and rich in the finish, where cocoa also surfaces, alongside notes of wild honey and black cherry in the short and vanilla-like florals in the long.
By Kim Westerman
June 12th, 2018
Richly savory, deeply sweet. Ginger blossom, almond brittle, pear, fresh, moist forest notes, wildflower honey in aroma and cup. Structured balance among sweet, tart and savory tastes; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The honey-toned finish leads with ginger blossom in the short and notes of pear and almond in the long.
Fruit-toned, vibrantly sweet. Dark chocolate, raspberry, agave syrup, oak wine barrel, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-toned in structure, with lively acidity. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of raspberry and freesia with a hint of sweet ferment.
Richly sweet, crisply tart. Butterscotch, lemon zest, peach, honey, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, delicately sweet-tart structure with vibrant acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish consolidates to notes of butterscotch and lemon zest, with a hint of cedar.
Delicate, complex, chocolate-toned. Dried mulberry, dark chocolate, fine musk, pipe tobacco, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with juicy acidity; plump, smooth mouthfeel. The finish, which consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and dried mulberry, is confident and flavor-saturated.
Price: CAD $16.00/16 ounces
Crisply sweet-toned. Caramel, fig, oak, narcissus-like flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet structure with brisk acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The short finish resonates with sweet floral and rich fruit notes, while the long consolidates to almond and oak.
High-toned, spice-forward, richly sweet. Nougat, lavender, dried apricot, cedar, a hint of cumin in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly tart structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The finish is sweet though rather short, with gently drying notes of sweet hazelnut and nougat and a hint of rich aromatic wood.
Price: NT $650/227 grams
Deeply rich, sweet-savory. Rhododendron, mango, almond brittle, thyme, oak in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, savory structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish consolidates to notes of oak and almond, with a hint of sweet herb suggesting thyme.
Price: NT $750/16 ounces
Rich-toned, balanced, deeply sweet. Apricot, dark chocolate, hazelnut, citrusy lantana flowers, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet in structure with lively acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of sweet-tart stone fruit carry into the long finish, supported by dark chocolate and a hint of cinnamon-like spice.
Price: NT $650/225 grams
Richly sweet, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, cinnamon, banana, cashew, citrusy lantana flowers in aroma and cup. Bittersweet in structure, with juicy acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Notes of baker’s chocolate and banana are sweetly resonant in the short finish, spice-toned florals resurface in the long.
Price: $19.50/12 ounces online; $12.99/ounces in stores
Bright, crisply sweet-tart. Peach, nougat, roasted cacao nib, lavender, cedar in aroma and cup. Tart-leaning, sweet structure with juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is balanced and resonant, leading with notes of peach and nougat in the short, rounding to cocoa in the long.
Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Brown sugar, baked apple, lemon zest, cayenne, fresh-cut pine in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is characterized by notes of baked apple in the short and bittersweet citrus zest with a hint of warming spice in the long.
Price: $15.99/16 ounces
Balanced, sweetly savory. Lime zest, toffee, fresh-cut fir, cashew, lilac-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quietly sweet-tart structure; full, velvety mouthfeel. Lime zest and toffee carry the finish.
Brightly sweet with a savory depth. Lemon verbena, roasted cacao nib, rhododendron, date, cedar in aroma and cup. Quietly sweet-tart structure; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The finish is richly drying, consolidating around cacao nib and lemon verbena.