Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups Review
While we realize we’re about a month overdue with this review now that the holiday season has come and gone, we still had quite a few seasonal holiday items we didn’t get a chance to check out until now. We figured it was better late than never to start digging through some of these items and we’re reviewing one of the most recent single serve products which was introduced last year… Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups.
As we may have noted in earlier reviews, Barrie House recently changed the design of their Single Cups so that they appear to be made out of a solid plastic shell vs. the old design which had a plastic shell but a foil bottom. We were a bit concerned that the plastic would be too thick for the Keurig’s piercing needle but this wasn’t the case. Other items such as their intensity scale and peel-away lid appear to have remained intact from the old designs. Let’s give these a try and see if they’re a worthwhile addition to our holiday coffee line-up.
Brewing these Single Cups resulted in a pleasant mix of spicy cinnamon and a distinct mild coconut aroma in the background. We also noticed some chocolate aromas lurking underneath as well which, when paired with the other aromas, helped give this coffee more of a chocolate macaroon vibe than anything else. Flavor was a mix of cinnamon up front paired with dark chocolate in the background not unlike a spicy mayan hot chocolate. While we unfortunately didn’t get a pronounced flavor of coconut, there was a small trace present near the end of each sip. There was also a slight sour note present and some slight strength to the coffee overall which seemed to fit a medium-bold roast profile.
Acidity was present as we did detect a slight sour note throughout which buggered-up the sweeter notes in the main flavor somewhat, but it wasn’t anything too overbearing. Body yielded dark reds when held to a light source which seemed to fit well with the holiday motif. Mouth feel a bit lighter than we would have liked and was bordering on watery while finish had more notes of cinnamon with some faint smoky notes in the aftertaste.
- Aroma – 10 – A nicely unique mix of spicy cinnamon, mild coconut and a hint of chocolate comprised a rather pleasant aroma.
- Acidity – 6 – A slight sour note remains present throughout the cup which hampered the sweeter notes in the main flavor somewhat, but it wasn’t too overbearing.
- Body – 9 – Shades of dark red when held to a light source seemed to fit well with the overall holiday motif.
- Flavor – 7 – A noticeably hit of cinnamon appears up front with some dark chocolate in the background yet the coconut was barely present and seemed to be buried underneath. The sour notes from the acidity also gave everything a slightly sour taste on the back end.
- Mouth Feel – 5 – A bit lighter than we would have liked and bordering on watery while finish had more cinnamon notes present with some faint smoky notes in the aftertaste.
- Coffee Drinker – Suited best for those who like notes of cinnamon and chocolate in their coffees not unlike a spicy mayan hot chocolate. Those who don’t care for strongly flavored coffees or coffees which have a bit of a bitter or sour bite had best look elsewhere.
Overall Rating: 87 – Good
Given the long running myth that mistletoe is fatal if ingested, something which may not exactly be true, we’re left wondering why Barrie House decided to go with such a name for this particular product… then we realized almost every competing product had the word winter in it… we guess it’s better to stand out than fit in with the crowd, so in that aspect, the odd name makes sense. While we appreciate the fact that this is indeed a different style of coffee when compared to other seasonal holiday coffees on the market, we’ll admit that it may be an acquired taste. Those who don’t care for cinnamon, coconut or dark roasts may not go for this and find it doesn’t suit their tastes, but otherwise, it should still appeal to most folks who are willing to try something other than the norm. We realize that these Single Cups may no longer be available due to their seasonal nature, but there may still be a few specialty or online retailers which could have them in stock.
Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers but do NOT work with Keurig 2.0 and are available in 12 & 24-packs via various online retailers. Canadians can also order these Single Cups via ECSCoffee.com. Please also note that Single Cups will NOT work without using adapters in Keurig Vue brewers.
A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank ECS Coffee for sending us samples of these Single Cups for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 20, 2015 7:02 AM