RafeAU (305) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve drunk numerous sakes, first time rating. not sure how to rate appearance and palate. The dassai 23 has exceptionally low proportion of the rice remaining. ????23%?this makes it incredibly smooth and drinkable ????? but perhaps with less aroma and character than their not quite as smooth 50 daiginjo. nevertheless this is a great sake.
HuskerTan (689) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Slightly sweet, soft green apples, alcohol.
A- White color, clear liquid, no head.
T- Melons, green apple, dry, crisp, alcohol, slightly sweet.
P- Light body, thin texture, average carbonation, sharp finish,
O- The best sake I’ve had but really doesn’t taste much different from any other. A little drier and less alcohol burn but certainly not worth the $100/bottle price.
jredmond (5908) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sake flight sampled at Sakagura with Linh and Zahra. Pours a clear, still body. Doesn’t really deviate too far from the standard sake in my mind; notes of grassy fresh melon, rice, wine, alcohol and maybe some faint additional fruits in the back. A bit too hot for my personal preference, but not awful.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at Astor Wines. Just called "Dassai 23" in ’Merica. I had to put on the puppy dog eyes for this one after it "ran out".
Pretty purple paper neck wrap. Sake was clear & still.
Super subtle, a little disappointing. Similar profile to the 39, but just more airy & delicate(re:restrained). Maybe more banana then apple this time, and definitely no where near as hot. Earthy yeast.
Flavor is tiptoeing apple acidity & powdered sugar dusted pineapple sweetness. Just a twinge of complimenting bitterness that is very neutral. Light to moderate starch. A little watery, yet slick.
I trust what I can taste & smell, but I probably took too big a baby step with this one.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle at Craigs. Pours a slightly yellow, clear colour. A distinct aroma of Bertie Bassett’s blue bobbly brim, coconut and alcohol. Similar liquorice, coconut and alcohol flavours. Tasty.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s. Clear pour. Big aniseed, slight pineapple, pretty rough alcohol nose. A distinct note of Bertie Bassett’s blue bobbly brim. Slightly aniseed palate, but some juicy coconut also. Finish is surprisingly clean considering the nose.
cgarvieuk (16286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home .. thanks to Jan (as he had already rated it and and didnt need a 2nd Bottle :-} ) ... clear ... earthy ... little aniseed ... soft rice nose ... sweet front ... mellow aniseeed ... little coconut ... tones of the Jelly bobbly licorice allsorts ...
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 720ml. @ Brasserie 4:20, Via Portuense 82, Roma, Italy.
Crystal clear water colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate rice, fruity - pineapple, coconuts. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, rice, fruity, light alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily - smooth, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic.