KyotoLefty (5791) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
720 ml bottle. Limited release nama version. fruity, slightly dusty ginjoka nose. Pears, apples, light banana. Clear, slightly icy and oily. Fruity fruity and rich. Melon, peach, light banana, pear. Drying alcohol heat in the finish balances the moderate sweetness. Full and smooth, though not heavy at all. Very nice. Interesting, dry, ethereal flavors coming out as well. Can’t put my finger on it, but very original.
jbeatty (908) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Zenkichi in Brooklyn, 05/05/2013. Light, off-clear pour. Aroma is rice, peach and strawberry as advertised, sweet clean finish. Taste is clean rice, light fruity tanginess, touch of sour, sake yeast. Medium light palate, smooth finish. Nice, straightforward.
asg123 (7) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Incredible and still reasonable, tastes incredibly similar to the highly award winning/transcendental life changing batch of Dassai 23;
It’s got a little more after burn, strong hints of pineapple, Delicious, ambrosia is incredible. A+
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear and still with some nice legs on the glass. Smells of rice, strawberries, some fruity hints, touches of honey. Tastes sweet/dry with some nice fruity undertones and a hint of pears on the finish. Enjoyable.
degbert (965) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Asian pear, white pepper, floral notes, and a very faint lactic or yogurty edge on the nose. Very light gold. Mostly dry, with juniper and herbal notes; it reminded me of gin at the front of the palate. Finish dries quickly and cleanly. Would make a great aperitif.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
300 ml bottle at Sake Gura. Pour is still clear slight viscous- has some legs in the small glass. Aroma is lots of peaches, grass, and lots of rose petals, light white grape must, and hints of strawberries. Strawberry in the flavor comes out more than the aroma- especially when warm and blends well with the peach tones to create a peach/strawberry ice cream that I get at the sushi place near my work. Finish is lightly sweet, floral, light rice winey- slight solvent, alcohol is hidden well in the thickness, but still dries out nicely in the end. Very awesome Daiginjo and for $25 for 300ml at a high end restaurant seemed like a very good price for the quality. Great stuff! One of my new favorite Daiginjos.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellars Sake Seminar. Clear color. Great aroma of bananas and honey. Big, floral taste. The flavor of the rice really shines through. Slightly sweet. Yum.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at toncatcher’s 2. Bottle from dasilky1. Thanks! Smells like flowers, wax lips, lightly sweet. No alcohol burn for 16.5%. Very easy to drink. Excellent.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(720 ml bottle via trade with BMan1113VR, thanks Andrew!) Served lightly chilled. Pours light, pale yellow, appears mostly clear but perhaps has a very slight haze. Some very light bubbly effervescence appears briefly. Aroma of strawberry, peach and apricot. The aroma is kind of gentle and somehow not sweet or syrupy despite the fruit notes. Mouthfeel is light but has a nice yeasty fullness. Flavor of fruit - strawberry, peach and apricot. ABV is fairly well-covered, at least relative to other sakes I’ve had. But this stuff packs quite a punch - wow! As it warms the fruit becomes a little more grapey, and a little more yeasty warmth emerges. Look forward to trying more of this style to compare.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not water-colored like many of the sakes I’ve had; a bit off-yellow. Distinctly sweet aroma of anise and exotic fruit, with more common fruits in the flavor, especially the melons. Tart yet sweet. Restrained alcohol. I didn’t particularly enjoy this, actually. I had this on the patio at W.A. Frost’s, St. Paul, MN.