My husband received a coffee theme gift for his birthday this week - which I was happy to see, as that meant I got to enjoy it as well! The gift was a 3 pack of cask coffee from Cooper's Cask Coffee in Rhode Island. Since this post is not sponsored in any way, I can say whatever I want about their coffee - and guess what? I loved it. So did my husband.
Now, I'm not normally a fan of flavored coffee (and if you are a regular reader, you know this). I like my coffee strong, hot and black. Currently I'm on a long running Sumatra kick - brewed in k-cups at 6 oz. Sometimes at 4 ounce. Yes, I like my coffee strong.
In the Gift Box you get 3 - 4 oz. bags (we received whole bean which I'm thrilled about, I'll tell you why below).
For the product description and tasting notes I'm going to take it straight from their site as they describe it far better than I could....
UPRISING STOUT WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE
- Barrel Aged: Uprising (Son’s of Liberty Whiskey): Stout style American whiskey
- Coffee Beans: Sumatra Lintong
- Tasting Notes: Woody Earth, tobacco, tropical fruits, vanilla, caramel
- The Sumatra coffee bean is from the sub-region of Lintong and was chosen because of the complementary tasting notes of woody earth and mild sweet tobacco, with a hint of ripe tropical fruits. When aged in whiskey barrels, the flavor and aroma of the bean is enhanced with the sweetness of vanilla and caramel from the whiskey. When tasted, you get the enriched coffee experience with a very long whiskey finish. Excellent as an espresso.
BATTLE CRY RYE WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE
- Barrel Aged: Battle Cry (Son’s of Liberty Whiskey) Rye American whiskey
- Coffee Beans: Ethiopian Dry Processed
- Tasting Notes: Bright and clean cup with a slight acidic spice, fruited notes of peach jam and strawberries, touch of sweetness of red raw honey and dutch chocolate
- This coffee uses the dry process by means of drying out the cherries under the sun on raised beds instead of the traditional wet processed (cherries stripped off after picking). The dry process intensifies the flavor of the cherry directly into the coffee bean. The flavor profile has a very bright and clean cup with accents of peaches, strawberries, raw red honey, and a touch of dutch chocolate. The Battle Cry whiskey is distilled from a Belgium yeast style beer with grains of malted rye and honey malt. The whiskey complements the coffee with bright spicy flavors and an intense floral nose that is slightly sweet. Enjoy the intense aromas and the complex flavors of this barrel aged coffee!
THOMAS TEW RUM BARREL AGED COFFEE
- Barrel Aged: Thomas Tew Rum Barrel from Newport, RI
- Coffee Beans: Rwanda Single Origin
- Tasting Notes: Caramelized sugar, red raisins, molasses, rich cocoa, baking spices, vanilla and oak
- The perfect pairing of the natural dark toffee and molasses of the coffee with the caramel sweetness and slight spiciness of the rum. You will find this coffee to be incredibly smooth. The aroma after a fresh grind gives way to an amazing caramelized sugar and all-spice with a hint of golden raisins. The flavors in the brewed cup continues but deepens into a rich cocoa complexity with notes of spice, vanilla, and oak come into play. An espresso shot intensifies the sweet toffee and spice with a rich cocoa and oak structure.
Looking at just these three (they do sell more flavors and styles but I can't personally speak to those as I haven't tried them), I chose the Single Malt Whiskey Barrel.
The roast is medium dark, and the taste is more woody, tobacco than heavy on the fruit - which I am NOT a fan of 'sweet' so from the description and smell, I chose this one. It was only after I brewed my first cup that I looked at the bag more closely and saw it was made with SUMATRA ISLAND origin beans. No wonder I liked it! My favorite beans were used as well.
One of the reasons I hate flavored coffee in general is the flavoring is fake, chemically tasting and usually 'off'. This had none of that. These coffee beans start with a quality bean, and are aged in whiskey barrels. This gives them a better flavor than other companies just dousing the beans with some flavored oils.
We received whole beans - and I'm thankful for that. To get the best flavor, you need to freshly grind your beans right before brewing. Pre-ground coffee has already started to lose some of that burst of aroma, flavor and magic. I ground the beans, used a Reusable K Cups For Keurig for my single cup k-cup style brewer (not a Keurig but a similar brand no longer made called iCoffee.
I brewed the first cup at 6 ounces. It was... very good. The flavor of the whiskey was not a fake chemical flavor. It was more of a strong hint but let the coffee shine through. This was a huge positive in my book. Also, I don't eat sugar and haven't for years so things are overly sweet to me and I can taste sweetness in foods and beverages that is sometimes overwhelming to me although the average person can't taste it as they are acclimated to sugar. This coffee was just 'almost' too sweet to me (yes I drink it black, no sweeteners added). But the average person probably will not taste the sweetness.
My husband brewed a 6 ounce size first (he's come over to the 'dark side' of coffee with me in the last year or two! Yay!) and then he brewed it at 4 ounces to see if the flavor strength would change. It was a stronger coffee, yes, but the flavor/hint of the whiskey stayed true.
I give a THUMBS UP to the Single Malt Whiskey blend by Cooper's. Absolutely, without hesitation... I even posted it on my personal Snapchat to let others know it was worth trying. However I know I will NOT be trying the Rum version. I personally don't like the flavor or smell of rum. It's too sweet for me, I don't like the actual taste of alcohol and even the smell of rum is enough to turn my stomach so... no. I may try the other whiskey in the set, however by aroma alone, it smells a little lighter and more sweet and fruity than the single malt. Since I don't like sweet or fruity, I think I'll stick to the single malt whiskey version and leave the other two bags for my husband.
It was his birthday gift after all..... ha.
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