DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served with courses 8-11 at Alinea on 9/19. Reserve pairing. Percebes - smoke, seawater, ash, Tororo Kombu - hamachi, ice fish cracker, Unagi - pickled plum, white sesame, and Corn - uni, nor, togarashi.
Pours almost clear, quite still. Strong melon aroma with obvious alcohol, passion fruit (and socks...), peach, and mint. This is a touch sweet. It has a nice cutting acidity. The alcohol is mild for the ABV, but a bit peppery. It’s a bit dirty end palate, but quite clean for a sake. This worked really well with both the sweet corn/uni butter as well as the salinity and smokiness of the percebes. Quite nice.
chris__hartley (376) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours light green tinted. The aroma has notes of: pears, shiitake mushrooms, wet dirt, and rice pudding. The taste is medium sweet that finishes light bitter; there are notes of: rice pudding, bitter melon, and alcohol. The palate is medium-full bodied, slightly thick, and a long smooth finish. Overall, quite enjoyable.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. No head (still). Body is ultra light yellow (almost colorless). Aroma is notes of honeydew melon, kiwi, lime, pear/apple, flowers, peach yogurt, honey, pepper, alcohol, rice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/silky texture, no carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Wonderful stuff. Aromatically clean and vibrant, absolutely leaps out of the glass with fruity/floral notes galore...almost more like white wine than sake. Seriously, the aromatic difference between something like this and a bog standard junmai is night and day. And how they can get such evocative fruit character out of rice is amazing. Excellent, clean flavor balance and delightful mouthfeel. The 16.5% is remarkably well hidden (compare to, say, Bride of the Fox, which is quite boozy). By far one of the best sakes I’ve had to date.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of 13 different sakes sampled this was my second favorite. Melon and mint on the nose, with some alcohol notes. Pours clear. Melon flavors with peppery anise. Very good sake!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste @ Shibuya, Las Vegas: Pours a clear color, paired with a hamachi trio of sashimi. Nose of ample anise and pear with a very bright and lively with very little koji. The flavor has a large body but is still sweet and delicate with lots of anise. Good sake in the nose but it doesn’t have much for tail or finish. Excellent to sniff though.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear and still. Smells of rice, some vanilla, some alcohol. Tastes the same. If my descriptions sound the same, it’s because the main difference between any of these was the intensity of flavor. Otherwise, they are all pretty much the same.
badgerben (4779) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear ’color’, with a little bit of yellow or creaminess. Aroma is quite buttery and some wintergreen. Creamy taste and mouthfeel. A bit of pepperiness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. One of the best sakes I’ve had.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
300ml. Pours light, bright gold with lasting legs. Anise initially dominates the nose. Faint tropical fruit as well. Pours a very light, bright gold with thick legs running down the glass. Simple flavor with notes of liquorice, rice and alcohol. Medium bodied. Slightly viscous and cloying. Simple, mostly enjoyable, but certainly forgettable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light yellow color, but still seems very dark for a Sake based on my limited experience. Delicate floral nose with rice sweetness and an alcohol bite. Flavor begins with with a strong floral flavor and then shifts to rice sweetness mid palate. The finish begins with black pepper bite followed by alcoholic warmth.
ldr514 (10) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A viscous sake with pronounced licorice bouquet, a fresh, medium-sweet taste – highly fruity, floral and spicy – again the licorice coming through. Full-bodied and balanced with a long finish.