Beerenberger (1379) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of vanilla and banana. Pours a creamy-milk color. The taste follows the nose and VERY smooth. Best Sake I have had to date.
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flatmatt (1082) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle. Pours a clouded white like coconut milk. Sweet sugary banana frosting aroma. Palate is ever so slightly grainy. Flavor is sweet, sugary vanilla frosting, fruity banana elements, almond, cotton candy, brown sugar, and more sugary descriptors. A little alcohol creeps into the finish. This is easy to drink and quite flavorful with no harsh edges. I really like it.
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks turd for sharing. Pours a cloudy milk white. Nose is interesting, has a rich almost dessert-ish quality with notes of spicy alcohol and cream cheese icing. Full bodied with a mild sweetness.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle I bought at Whole Foods last summer. Cloudy unattractive milky white. . Nose of vinegar, sherry, coconut, banana, toffee. Flavor has more coconut, almond, sherry, big alcohol burn, lightly astringent. Meh.
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours lightly cloudy and milky white. Some rather small particulates cling to the glass. Aroma is banana, coconut, and vanilla, and light rice. Flavor is spicy and peppery alcohol with coconut, banana, and licorice. Sweet with a moderate alcohol burn. This one tempered the wasabi spice very nicely.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a lightly cloudy milky white with no legs; the particulates are small and unobtrusive. The nose is minerally and ripe with apple, grape and alcohol, some bright koji and rice notes as well. The flavor isn’t as sweet as I was expecting, more of a creamy banana/coconut note with the alcohol and acidity to balance. The impact is light and the acidity is lightened by the sweetness. Fortunately. And the finish is easy and not too chewy. Nice nigori, I’m not usually a fan, especially of nigori genshus.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly viscous milky white color. Aroma of rice, banana, pineapple, mango. Taste is sweet... banana, vanilla and fairly strong ethanol. Medium bodied. This is a dessert sake, definitely.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labeled as Fudo Myoo Ginjo Nigori Genshu Sake....Shake Well. Sent in a picture to be uploaded. Pours a sort of milky yellow color that looks like something, as a man, I would refrain from...err..swallowing... Some film left on the glass. Strong aroma with paint thinner, banana, pineapple, alcohol and vanilla ice cream and a touch of pastis. Taste is alcohol, and strongly so. Note of banana cream and coconut as well. Very sweet and has a decent amount of koji and a bit of unami-ness in the finish. Okay for the price but not repeatable.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, as well as very hot. Seems like just a poorly made, low balance, high alcohol Nigori.
Kailunkat (8) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is ricey with banana and slightly yeasty. It has a creamy texture with some noticeable sediment - but not unpleasantly so. The taste is sweat with a strong rice flavor with more subtle hints of coconut and maybe some mango. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end.
As a side note - I have had a couple of different 375ml bottles bought from whole foods in Chicago. There seems to be quite a bit of variation in the taste of this sake since some bottles seemed sweeter or fruiter than others. Certainly not the most consistent Sake, but still one I enjoy regularly.
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 The aroma is sweet with both rice and alcohol. The appearance is cloudy white. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of coconut. The palate is thick for a sake. Overall I am satisfied that this is an above average sake.