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Ama No To (Heavens Door) Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

Brewed by Asamai Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Style: Saké - Tokubetsu
Hiraga-cho, Hiraga Gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 486   ABV: 16.2%
Nihonshu-do: +4 (semi-dry). Seimaibuai: 55% (45% of grain polished away). Acidity: 1.5. Rice: Ginnosei & Miyama Nishiki. Founded in 1917, Asamai Shuzo have won five straight Gold Prizes in the prestigious National New Saké tasting competitions. The water which flows up from the springs here has been famous since the Edo era (1600-1868).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
A glass at a local Japanese restaurant. Came with no head. Light yellow in color. Nose of alcohol and rice. Medium body. Flavor is moderately sweet with some bite. Finish is alcoholic. Despite my comments this was overall pretty good. l

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle. No head (still). Body is very light yellow. Aroma is notes of vitamin B, melon rind, grain/rice, alcohol, mold. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/silky texture, no carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Pretty ordinary all-around, especially in the nose. A bit more alcohol burn than most. Clean overall, silky mouthfeel, and well balanced, but ultimately it just doesn’t set itself apart from the norm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
this sake is strong in with sweetness but has a definite mellowness. the polsh rice along with the grass brings a nice complementary drink. ts mouth feel is slightly oily but not too strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
The aroma is ricey with alcohol and a touch of grass. The appearance is clear. The taste is slightly sweet and like the aroma with the alcohol well hidden. The palate is slightly oily. Overall a very subtle and well done sake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2010
300ml bottle at Seito Sushi, chilled. Pours clear and still, with a light yellowish tint, almost the color of apple flesh. Some dense, drippy legging shows on the glass. Aromas are simple and inoffensive, showing notes of creamy rice pudding, almond milk, light pear, and just a subtle suggestion of koji. Flavors too are far from complex, again based in sweet rice with a touch of creamy, pressed almonds, accompanied by a general, soft, indiscernible fruitiness. Flat, smooth, and creamy on the palate, the body is pumped up with a relatively prominent sugar contingent. Though there are no off flavors here, I’d say this is a bit too sweet and lackluster for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Clear clean pour with a rice and abv aroma. Musty rice flavor with an abv kicker. Very thin and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
@RichmondX Gathering Thanks maniac-300ml bottle-pours no head and clear color. Aroma is slight sweet. Taste is sweet almond, some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Thanks to maniac. Pours almost clear with just a twinge of pale straw. Nose of almost nothing, except some alcohol. I don’t know how to even describe this. It has some riceyness? and alcohol. But not as much as I expected. Also a fake 99 bananas quality. Not my favorite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Clear. Only faintly, ever so faintly a tinge of the faintest straw yellow. Aroma almost like sweet bubblegum. Flavor is fruity, followed by an unfortunate alcohol burn. 9th Richmond Gathering, thanks to maniac and dkachur for helping me knock out my sake ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Rice and light fruits on the nose. Pours clear with a slight golden haze. Light fruits upfront with hints of anise.

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