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Gekkeikan (Laurel Crown) Black and Gold Junmai Ginjo Sake

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 468   ABV: 15.6%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Consumed cold. The appearance is clear, like slightly dirty water. The aroma is rice, boozy. The flavor is rice, fruit, booze, bubblegum. The finish is booze, hot, sweet. Medium, thin in body. Not bad. Could sip this on a warm night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
eRock_2013 (315) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2014
This is my first foray into rating Sake, spontaneously decided to dabble in something different during my last trip to a Total Wine store. Its been about two years since I last tried a sake right after I turned 21, which at the time I had ignorantly dismissed as a monolithic experience. Having since been enlightened as to the variability of styles and flavors, as far as I can tell this seems to be a pleasant Junmai ginjo, or premium all-rice sake. Pours perfectly clear into a wine glass. Aroma is soft, floral, and fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Taste is melon and passionfruit, alcohol is masked well. Maybe a note of faint toasty bread in the flavor. I would enjoy this even more except I personally dislike melon flavors. Finishes very clean and neutral on the palate, I’m no expert on this "Sake Meter Value" but seems to be in accordance with the zero value as labeled. Sweet without being sugary. Does not come across as boozy. An interesting re-introduction to the world of sake, next time I think I will try something more earthy and rustic than this example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmagnus87 (2835) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle, sampled chilled. Pours clear with no head. Aroma is floral and slightly citrus. Taste is the same. Slight alcohol warmth. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndyW68 (1196) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Clear. Juniper taste. I am more of a beer person. Not bad though. Will probably have again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2501) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle drunk on LIR, pours glass like. nose of melon and rubbing alcohol. tastes of cantaloupe, earth, light bread, rice, and alcohol. nice bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1927) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Light fruity aroma. Clear. Moderate sweet beginning with a light burn inn the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhwcinc (1602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Enjoyed this warm sake while dining with a good friend for his 30th birthday celebration at Shinto in Naperville, IL. First sake rating! Appearance like water. Aroma of rice and alcohol. Taste of rice and alcohol. I think I’m turning japanese, I really think so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3533) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours perfectly clear with a very pale yellow color.

The aroma is fairly rice-y with some pear fruitiness, a good dose of booze and a little bit of butterscotch.

The flavor has some passionfruit, spicy alcohol, & light berry flavors. Surprisingly enough (given the character of the aroma) there is not a lot of rice flavor in this. Over all it’s pretty dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2011
Chilled. Clear pour. Aroma is light fruit and alcohol. Flavor is again fruity, ripe melon, slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Clear. Aroma is fairly fruity along with some rice and almond notes. The flavor is more of the same with some peach and cantaloupe notes. There is a little alcohol burn as well. Decent.

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