KVW is the German decaffeinator using the MC process under the strictest guidelines (much more so that US-processed decafs). This is a unique decaf lot because it starts with specific Sumatra Lintong, that already has some interesting defined character of its own. And as a decaf coffee, this Lintong maintains these unique roast flavors, just as in non-decafs the Blue Batak or the Lake Toba have rustic sweetness that is so different from classic Mandheling coffees. I thought this coffee really had pronounced "origin character."
The dry fragrance is caramelly, almost like butterscotch, with a interesting chocolate biscotti quality. The wet aroma has a deep-toned sweetness, mollasses and caramel candy notes. The cup is (again) very caramelly, with medium body (I anticipate something thicker, but it does have a certain dense texture to it). The acidity is low, and there's a certain earthy and woody quality, the later reminding me of sandalwood. As it cools the sweetness turns to a medium malt syrup, and just a touch of sweet hay smell. In the lighter roasts, the finish has a lingering toasted grain note, while darker roasts develop some milk chocolate.