Those who know me know that I consider adding non-coffee flavors to coffee to be akin to inserting the word “fart” into random Bible verses. It’s just disrespectful and juvenile. This is the exception to the rule. The no-flavored-coffee rule, not the no-putting-farts-in-Bible rule.
The coffee pours fairly light in color and is still quite translucent at normal strength. It has a ring of green around the edge, similar to a *decaf* or **instant** coffee. The aroma is an insane amount of caramel, hazelnut, and butterscotch with some good coffee nuttiness thrown in.
It has a thin texture and little acidity. The first sip is of good medium-roast coffee. The mid-taste takes on a sort of unripe bitterness – like a walnut before it’s ready to be harvested. The back taste is more of the bitterness giving way to a mellow smoothness. There is a sweetness starting here, like stale circus candy or over-sweetened pipe tobacco. The aftertaste is nutty, butterscotch goodness. Not unlike gold rum.
It isn’t my favorite coffee ever and it tends to upset my stomach if I drink too much. I find that the added flavors don’t detract from the coffee much at all and they add a welcome hint of sweetness. I’d recommend trying this coffee. Out of the wide world of flavored coffees, this is about the only one I’ve found to be worth drinking.
Update: Ooh! I’ve discovered that the coffee turns peppery toward the bottom of the cup. There seems to be just enough spice coffee here to add that hint of pique. Kinda like a mellow cavendish tobacco sprinkled with latakia. Tired of the pipe analogies yet?