Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at Tonys Sushi in nyc. This was an excellent sake, very floral in nose and taste. Extremely smooth and clean.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
300ml bottle, $11. Very floral, fragrant nose, with hints of light fruits (kiwi, muscat grape, banana) and a calm violet. Likely the most fragrant sake I’ve had. Flowery taste is light on koji with a strong, thick finish. Dry. I definitely find some alcohol burn in this, as opposed to Austin Powers.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
300mL Bottle @ Sakura, Eagle, ID: Crystal clear color. Nose is floral with notes of puffed corn, kiwi fruit, faint clean koji and light plum. The flavor is very clean, just a tiny hint of alcohol, light mineral and a distant citric acid tingle on the back of your throat. Banana, mellon; very clean. I’m surprised that this is a junmai. Neutral, semi-sweet but nearly dry mouthfeel. The tail is pleasant with a decent amount of umami and shows more of the junmai qualities of this sake.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 This sake has two big things going for it: it's totally clear, which is quite unusual for a mere Junmai Regular. Second, there is virtually no alcohol burn whatsoever, which is pretty unusual for ANY sake. Now to its downsides (come on, you knew they had to exist, otherwise it'd be a Daiginjo, right): there's very little aroma, but what is there is cotton candyish. More importantly, there isn't much of a flavor, except a light, smooth, simple drinkability. Slightly sweet with no puckering dryness. A delicate drinkability. Very nice - a real surprise! Tasting it side-by-side with the yellowish Kamoizumi Daiginjo, I have to say the cheaper Shirataki takes the cake! It must be the fact that Shirataki is from Niigata Prefecture. Every fantastic sake I sample seems to be from Niigata or Nada.