Sumatra Lintong Triple Pick
Lake Toba cooperative. Wet-hulled at high moisture content.
Texture- Smooth pulped orange juice
From the roast- green pepper and garrigue (loam).
Dry aroma of soft vegetal acid with slight citrus present supported by sweet caramel.
Wet fragrance of butter caramel, sweet acid (orange), and loam.
At cupping break- cherry and lemon aerosol (like paint- good acid), sharp spice like fennel and moist green pepper.
When hot- caramel dominated with a vanilla extract finish.
Off hot- bittersweet cocoa emerges nicely to mix with the buttery caramel. Loam starts to hint.
Drinking temp- sweet lemon/orange acidity, bittersweet cocoa, butter caramel, loam earthiness in the sinus. Awesome stuff. Juicy, big and smooth. A bit of a departure from the usual gritty character.
As it cools- hint of blueberry, butter caramel, cane sugar cola and more loam mustiness.
It finishes with caramel, soft vegetal acid still present, dry roasted vanilla extract and smokey garrigue.
I'm a big fan of the gravelly side of the musty loam that comes from the wet-hulling process used in Sumatra when it's done well. Reminds me of Bordeaux's rive gauche, Graves et Medoc. Musty but not baggy, tons of layers and big and satisfying. Acid is coming more and more into prevalence in the psyche in Indonesia meaning lots of interesting coffee to choose from. This particular pick has me more intrigued than I have been in awhile for Sumatra. Hope you dig it as well.