Looks & sounds just as a high-percentage São Tomé should. But this typically difficult diva needs the master’s hand to bring out the best. Don’t look here for that hand. She’s a wet cat.
Appearance 4.6 / 5
|Color:||raw umber; ebony overtones|
|Temper:||marble floor…. hallmark of São Tomé|
|Snap:||sharp, high heels; flint cleave|
Aroma 6.6 / 10
strong red fruit -> vanilla -> mild kippers -> wet oak mulch & cat
Mouthfeel 11.7 / 15
|Texture:||thick though a little fine granular like talc|
|Melt:||takes your time|
Flavor 37.9 / 50
cool dirt start -> simple vanilla chocolate -> small red highlight -> coffee builds to burnt olives w/ brutal tannins desiccating any / all chocolate flavor -> tin & aluminum finish
Quality 15.2 / 20
Over-fermentation fails to tame this assertive bean, turning olive notes into fish tones & earth notes into wet cat with desiccation at the end.