|Roaster Location:||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Review Date:||October 1997|
|With Milk:||Flavor in milk: 5|
Blind Assessment: The elegant fruit and toast tones in the aroma fade quickly, leaving a surprisingly hard, astringent profile behind, free of carbon but equally empty of acidy or grace notes, displaying more tactile than aromatic power. The profile sweetens and rounds in milk.
Notes: The elegant fruit and toast tones in the aroma fade, leaving a hard profile behind which is free of carbon. The profile sweetens and rounds in milk. Illy is a pioneer and continuing leader in Espresso blending, roasting, and packaging technology. This blend is roasted in Italy and supplied whole bean in a 8.8-ounce can.
Who Should Drink It: People curious about the Illy name and reputation. I can't help but feel that Illy's confidence in its canning technology may be a bit mistaken, and that this blend's rather rigid profile may be owing to the loss of aromatics in canning.
This review originally appeared in the October, 1997 tasting report: Espresso Blends