December 16, 2010

Review: Nespresso Variations 2010 Flavored Espresso Capsules


UPDATE: 2012 Variations are out; See My Nespresso Variations 2012 Full Review

The popularity of the Nespresso system (They're on our Holiday Buying Guide) and the general holiday excitement combines most years to culminate in the Nespresso Variations flavored espresso capsule release. These limited time only capsules offer a little bit of year-end celebration offering experimentation and a little variety to your espresso day. Most people buy enough to share with friends and family during the holidays, while others are known to hoard the exceptional ones to keep a good supply going right through Spring.

This year, Nespresso brought back some Variations favorites; Almond, Caramel and Vanilla. These reissues were met with mixed emotions ranging from those who felt ripped off and cheated out of something new to try to the folks who loved them in the first place and welcome back the chance to try them again.

ASIDE: Nespresso, if you ever want to bring back something, please bring back Kazaar, that would be OK with me. You sold out before I could hoard them. (I am not alone - if you want to bring them back too; join the We Want Nespresso Kazaar Facebook Page

In tasting the flavors from Nespresso Variations 2010 again, I have to say that I welcome the chance to re-experience them and tend to fall back on and reconfirm my original impressions of them. They are good, lightly flavored and well balanced. I have to go with the original impressions of the Caramel and Almond. Since I didn't review the original Vanilla here on the Blog, I'll write it up now.

Tasting Notes and Review - Nespresso Variations 2010

Almond - A nice roasted almond that sits well as a stand alone espresso and combines well with the sweetness and milk flavors of a latte. Subtle, and lingering in flavor that doesn't scream ALMOND, nor does it risk a chemically fake flavor because of over dosing the flavor either.

Caramel - This is a subtle flavor, and does best with a little sugar and milk - I like caramel flavors and subtle hints in all kinds of ways. I could have used a bit more caramel coming through in the cup. The nose was good, and again, it's a subtle, roasted, browned flavor versus a sticky-sweet one.

Vanilla - A definite vanilla that has a bourbon type note and not a sticky sweet note that comes across as straight artificial vanilla. Complex. Again subtle that accentuates the sweetness of added sugar without over powering.

The Nespresso Variations 2010 are available at the Nespresso Club website, Nespresso Boutiques and at select retailers.

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Posted by Scott Martin at December 16, 2010 2:05 AM
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