austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 A true rarity in the world of sake - carbonation! There are only two others I know of besides the Tsukinokatsura. The aroma is of alcohol and parchment. The taste is, well, you’d better brace yourself, because it’s the weirdest thing you could ever expect from a sake. The first oddity is the fizziness (which is just totally incongruous with sake and comes as a surprise even you’re expecting it). Next, there’s a bracing alcohol slap and a creamy texture with little butteriness. The astringency is quite high, leaving much mouth-puckering. It’s flaw is a failure to adequately hide its 17% abv, but I enjoyed the rarity of this sparkling nigori.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Bright, beautiful white cloudyness with teeming action in the glass -- whorls of clouds like a little universe in your palm. Some mildly effervescent sour pears and babyfood cracked fresh from grandma's mason jars. joyous! More alcohlic and lemon citric as it warms. Thanks a bunch, Scott! This was very special.