DISCLAIMER: Cooper’s Cask Coffee did send me a sample for this review. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own.
I was recently approached by John, from Coopers Cask Coffee, with a request to review their new whiskey barrel aged coffee. I was excited, here I am a relatively new blogger being chosen to review a product. Of course I said yes, and a couple of weeks later it arrived in the mail. I had to wait a week to review it, because as you all know, I review everything with my father-in-law, Rick.
Rick is an avid coffee drinker who likes a little coffee with his cream and sugar. I like three heaping teaspoons of sugar in my cup and usually only drink it 4 days a week. Neither one of us are Starbucks guys, or even coffee shop guys. I have been known to have a splash of whiskey in my coffee on the rare occasion when I drink it at night, so when I was told how they age their coffee I was very open to the idea.
The coffee really has a great whiskey smell to it. When freshly ground it gives way to a bit more of the traditional coffee smell with the whiskey taking a step back. There is some fruit to the aroma as well. We used a French Press, courtesy of a friend, to brew the coffee.
While the coffee steeps in the water, the aroma once again rears its head and comes alive. I’d have to say that we love the way it smells. It promises of great things to come. We waited 4 and a half minutes and then poured our first cup. The color is a nice chocolate-brown color, something I am not used to, as my normal cup is chicory coffee which is black as night.
I really enjoyed the flavor of the coffee, it isn’t like flavored coffee that is overpowering and masks the real flavor of coffee. It isn’t like a splash of whiskey in the cup either. It is more like a compliment to the coffee itself. We tried it both black and with sugar, we both prefer it black. Rick has been drinking coffee for over 40 years, and has never been able to finish a cup of black coffee, while I have been drinking it for 15 years and can finish a single cup, I would only if I was really tired. We both had two cups and enjoyed it immensely. We really enjoyed the hints of dark chocolate, dates, vanilla, tropical fruit, and just the slightest hint of smoky oak.
I usually don’t look for a finish on coffee because its coffee, and it is bitter. Not this stuff, it has the same finish that you’d get from good whiskey. Long and smooth with traces of vanilla, spice, oak, and just a tinge of tobacco.
I have a little bonus for everyone today, I had just enough left over to take to work with me and let some of the guys try. My friend whose press I borrowed was one of them. He isn’t a big fan of whiskey, but he did agree to try it. He liked it, although it may not be his “go to” he did profess that it was good and wouldn’t mind having it again. The second person is an avid coffee drinker and seemed to really enjoy it, since he polished off the rest of it.
As always I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried it? What did you think? Is this something that appeals to you? Let me know in the comments below
Until Next Time…