Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear caramel colour, no head. Aroma of honey, balsamico, japanese soy sauce, light pedro ximinez sherry notes. Sweet flavour, light sour, soy sauce, sweet balsamico. Finish caramel, shiitake mushrooms, earthy, quite a lot of umami, hearty as a bowl of beef stock. Brilliant! I love this stuff!! A blend of three sakés, all older than I am. With this flavour. Wow.
(From 30cL(?) bottle @ Borefts ’13. Courtesy of KyotoLefty. Many thanks for sharing, Mark!!)
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle @ Borefts 2013 thanks to KyotoLefty. Thanks Mark! Clear dark orange color, no head. Smell alcohol, dried mushrooms, dried fruits, overripe fruits. Taste alcohol, dried mushrooms, dried fruits, overripe fruits and a little bitter weird earthy leaves something.
Countbeer (5298) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of honey, caramel, toast, maple syrup.
Flavours of caramel, spicy, maple syrup, light soya, mushrooms, wood. Delicious!
Aftertaste is wood, mushrooms and more...
Soft silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
Wow, this is some serious stuff! Very tasty!
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Borefts 2013 by KyotoLefty - thanks! Darker than any sake I’ve ever seen. Aroma is soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms, oyster sauce. Starts sweet on the palate, with a good umami finish. Taste is teriyaki sauce, beef broth, shiitake mushrooms. Would not pick this as a sake! So tasty.
kraddel (4560) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx to kyotolefty
Smells very boozy
Taste is very sweet ( bit like a mead ) very full , powerfull . Nice
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a clear still amber body. Aroma of caramel, plum, caramel, brandy, caviar, and sesame seeds. Flavor of caramel, toffee, brandy, plum, and raisins.
Theydon_Bois (12697) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Borefts ’13, massive thanks to this Sake rarity are due to Mark - Kyoto Lefty, 27/09/13.
Clear dark amber with no head.
Nose is sweet and vinous, light smoke, burnt toffee, sugars, nutty tones.
Taste comprises caramel, walnut, big sherry notes, light booze, sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
Top draw Sake, the 16% is well disguised, quality stuff !
ansjelaah (1732) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gedronken op Borefts’13. Bruine heldere kleur. Ruikt en smaakt naar caramel, champignon, zoet, net stroop en geen koolzuur.
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! to KyotoLefty for this extremely rare treat. A blend of sake’s from 1972, 1973 & 1974. Descriptions on the bottle state that this is like 7 times sourer than the most sour sake’s on the market, 4 times sweeter, 5 times higher acidity,… etc. this is mind-boggling all over the place. It seems like there are only 3 aged sake’s listed on RB? This stuff is not common. 300 ml. gorgeous clear bottle sampled. Clear dark brown amber, slight very dark Bordeaux hue. Way, way darker than I ever imagined that sake could be. Nose is balsamic vinegar, salad dressing, incredibility pungent, soy sauce, oak but also sweet, sweet Japanese soy sauce, brown sugar, old musty bunker, brutal in the best way imaginable. Taste is sweet balsamic vinegar, acidity coupled with big sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, salad dressing, big shitake mushrooms, base sours, teriyaki sauce, very slightly sour brown broth, very oily wood. Flat, thick oily, huge sauce presence. Sweet, sour & acidic at the same time. Extremely complex, delicious, unique, unlike what I could ever imagine. Absolutely zero alcohol presence, I have trouble even imagining that this is an alcoholic beverage, let alone a sake. Astonishing. Too b ad there is no stuff like this floating around here.
JorisPPattyn (8430) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 First try upon opening.
Rather oily-like pouring, (cold) hazy, sepia-coloured liquid with orange highlights. Musk, nutty, oil-like nose, and benzene. Bit of slightly rancid arachide. Flavour, however, stands perpendicular on the nose: like rich, oily, very aged vintage amontillado sherry. A wry, walnut-like flavour even strengthens the sherry effect, hinting even to porto or homemade fortified wine. Oily, viscous, slightly sweet and syrupy (more warming up), but mainly wry, tannine-like astringency. Very special indeed. As advised, I will do a second try in a couple of days. Many thanks to Mark M. for this exceptional drink!!
Second try, served warmer.
Served warmer, the sake is more clear; deep-brown amber; alcoholtears leaking from the glass. [4/5] Benzene more outspoken, nuttiness ŕnd arachide are still there, but the latter rather as the peel - used in textile - still a bit rancid, if much less. Alcohol comes through more. To me, it still comes over as a chemical woodcleaner, than as a comestible. [5/10] Again sherry, Amontillado, sweet with a bitterish-woody finish. Drier than the first try: less outspoken sherry. Non-salty snacknutmix. Benzenearoma is in the flavour as well, hazelnutoil. [7/10] Rather fiery alcoholheat backthroat. Very slick & oily, viscous. [4/5] I keep my first rating/marks, as they are, against expectations, higher. It’s not something I’d drink everyday, but as something extra-ordinary, it defies challenge. [14/20]