Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Gun Barrel Coffee Little Rocket Man (LRM) Espresso Blend in Review

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Gun Barrel Coffee
Little Rocket Man
LRM Espresso Blend

ORIGIN: Vietnam
VARIETAL: undisclosed

PROCESS: undisclosed

WEBSITE: gunbarrelcoffee.com


Rigid woods & peppercorns stir smooth clarified butter and leathery oils. Eyeballs crisply onyx in the cup, with a deep brick reddish rim. Smells of mesquite wood, caramelized sugar, anise. Deep dark rich delineated. Complex. Oils build in the cup & coffee-hole as the brew cools, opens. Smells transfer to top-notes with a smooth smokiness. 

Full-bodied and yet refrained 'nuff to allow some brilliant focus on each & every note... and while there ain't a lot of those -- there's an awful lot to see of each. Nuanced, then. Dark chocolate shavings come in on the slurping. A black peppercorn, particularly on the long bitter-grainy peanuty (robusta?) finish. There's a neat balancing sweetness there, inherent in the underlining top-soil earthiness which envelopes the profile. Some black walnut. 

Scratch what I said re: not a lot of notes. This is a pour that needs time to bloom. Well-rounded & excellently balanced. A superb cup of joe which is just that --- joe. Familiar. A traditional sorta blend, rendered near sublimely well. Sits meaty in the gut, all meal-ish, more-ish, and marvel-ous. I'm a critic, so I'll note a tick of sharpness in the back of the throat. I'm also a dick, so I'll end on that note.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59