Rating: 93/ 100
Body: Smoky, smooth
Notes: Cherry, caramel
Aroma: Caribbean cane, oak
Here's a quick statement from Mike Brown, CEO of Death Wish Coffee regarding the production process of barrel aged beans:
“We start with freshly poured oak barrels from The Albany Distilling Co., a local premium liquor distillery whom we’ve become great friends with. We add our unroasted green coffee beans and then seal the oak barrels and allow the coffee to age for up to 20 days. This aging process allows the coffee beans to completely absorb much of the respective spirit. After the aging process, we allow the coffee beans to settle into a state that is prime for roasting. The roasting process on these beans was one of the trickiest we’ve seen so far. However, our expert roasters were able to capture the shade and profile we were looking for. The result is an aromatic coffee that balances the flavor characteristics of both the specialty green coffee and the premium craft spirit.”
The latest batch of Barrel Brand from Death Wish Coffee does a fantastic job of incorporating the best elements of craft brewed rum and specialty coffee; a deep, rich, earthy Indonesian chocolate mouth-feel is finished off with a long, resonating aftertaste of sugarcane and almond. The blend emanates an intoxicating, resonant aroma that lingers on the palate and harmonizes beautifully with the characteristic woody pungency of Indonesian coffees. Keep an eye out for our next review on Death Wish's Barrel Brand, this time aged with wine!