Monday, August 25, 2014

Doma Coffee Roasting Company: Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee

I've been sipping and pondering this Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee from the Doma Coffee Roasting Company for almost a week now trying do decide just what to say. This review will be longer than normal, because I probably have too much to say.

First, let me tell you, this Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee is just amazing. I'm not getting to deep into the process, you can read more on their website, but Doma ages green coffee beans in whiskey barrels that come from the Dry Fly Distillery here in Spokane.

The results? Wow!

When I popped open the vacuum sealed can for the first time, the aroma literately filled the entire house. However, I was stumped. The huge aroma from the coffee didn't really smell like coffee, whiskey or oak, and I couldn't pin it down. After several hours, while sipping my third cup, it hit me. The aroma reminded me of the "hot-toddy's" my dad made when I was a kid.

This revelation sent my mind wandering back to times with my dad, of the camping trips we took, of the great times we had hunting and fishing together. I was in another world with memories of my dad and happy to be there.

For this to be a real review I need to add some details, so here goes.

This can was tagged: barrel 3, batch 4, Costa Rica and the pour-over method of brewing was used.

After drinking this coffee for the last week and as more air hits the beans, the aroma now has strong notes of whiskey with coffee underneath. This is true for the whole beans and both wet and dry ground coffee. From the hot cup there are again strong notes of whiskey with a hint of coffee.

The first sips are bold and rich with a syrupy mouthfeel. The flavors are deep, rich and complex. Not only do you taste the whiskey, but there are well balanced notes of sweet cream mixed with vanilla. The coffee also provides a sweet, lingering aftertaste that can last up to an hour.

Normally I drink my coffee black, but for this review I went out and purchased some Baileys Irish Cream coffee creamer. With the addition of the creamer to the coffee, it tasted just like Baileys and coffee. Excellent!

Rated 91

I should mention that Doma Coffee Roasting Company is located just a few minutes from Spokane in Post Falls, ID. Perhaps one of these days I'll be able to tour their operation and have a chance to meet the crew.

Also, I would like to thank the Doma Coffee Roasting Company for providing this sample for review.

Feel free to comment, and if you've tried this coffee, please share your experience.

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