BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now comes in a blue bottle labeled Kaika Kazeno Ichirin Junmai Ginjo. Pours completely crystal clear without even a tinge of color. Iron strong legs left on the glass. Aroma is fruity with strawberry, white grape, lychee, sweet pear and a sort of butteriness. Taste is extremely smooth and silky, even delicate. Light koji and umami on the back end. Bursting with delicious fruit up front, strong sweetness across the palate. Clean, like mountain spring water with little to no alcohol detectable. Well balanced, and viscous, truly an excellent sake! Right up there with Yuki No Bosha and other excellent Ginjos.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass @ Taste in Boise, ID
Clear color with no legs. Nose of melon, light koji, pancake batter, coconut milk and subtle lemongrass. The flavor is lightly sweet, thick body with loads of umami. Short watery tail. Nice summer sake, fresh, invigorating and delicious.
IdahoJizake (10) - Nampa, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little oily on glass, almost clear with a twinge of yellow. Light aroma of berries with a barely detectable astingence. Distinctly apple and a little buttery/nutty (very little) the flavor is there right away yet overall very very light. Alcohol is smooth and extremely easy. Peppery aftertaste that makes you wish you had bought a larger bottle. A little pricey but well worth it.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Simply terrific!!! Almost as great as Ohtouka Nama Sake, but falls short by a nose. The lovely Kaika "Flower of the Wind" even bests the highly-touted Kamoizumi Junmai Daiginjo by being a tad smoother and with less alcohol burn. The nose is moderately strong of vanilla and candied fruit. The taste is medium dry and very light. No thick, rich mouthfeel here, as the taste is light and delicate with a touch of astringency and no detectable butteriness. A slight hint of alcohol burn in the finish as it goes down. Terrific!