Old Tavern Estate
Jamaica Blue Mountain – Proprietor’s Choice, 2002-03 Crop
|Roaster Location:||Green Hills, Portland, Jamaica|
|Coffee Origin:||Blue Mountain growing region, eastern Jamaica.|
|Review Date:||March 2003|
Blind Assessment: Full body and sweet, voluptuously rounded acidity. Low-toned, symphonically complex fruit suggests melon in aroma, spicy apricot in cup and finish. A slight hint of mustiness is coiled inside the richness, modestly lowering my rating of this otherwise classic Blue Mountain cup.
Notes: Old Tavern Estate is one of a handful of farms in the Blue Mountain district permitted by the Coffee Board of Jamaica to export its coffee as an estate origin. This coffee was roasted and packaged in Jamaica by proprietor Alex Twyman and his family. It is early harvest coffee, and may suffer for that reason. Visit
Who Should Drink It: As the main part of this year's crop appears on the American market this estate selection should make a good choice for affluent aficionados interested in a quintessential Blue Mountain.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2003 tasting report: A Snapshot from the Caribbean