Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very pale yellow body with an aroma of stale rice and some light sweets. Taste is very interesting, almost like a chocolate rice pudding. Sweet ending.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear as water, of course. The aroma is faint yet perfumy with grasses and melons. Smooth to drink. The flavor is grassy with melon and a touch of anise. A very quiet drink - until it hits bottom and the strong abv is felt.
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Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
so i was at a hibatchi grill last night and i was complaining about how i dont like sake.the gentleman at the table next to us heard me and said "well ya just have not had good sake"so he bought us a bottle of this.i couldnt see the color but the aroma was very sweet.almost a watermelon/grape smell.i was surprised at how smooth it was with only a little alcohol burn at the end.more watermelon and grape in the taste,just like the aroma.i must say this was pretty good stuff
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first try with sake. As it can be served in the different temperatures, I wanted to try this both cold and warm.
Chilled, around 10-15c
Clear appearance, like water. Alcoholic fruity nose: mash, grappa, licorice, grapefruit. Taste is also like drinking watered grappa. Slightly fruity, rice flours flavor. Dry mouthfeel, alcoholic warming comes afterwards.
Warmed, to hand-warm temperature
Aroma turns much softer and mild, like inhaling healthy menthol fumes. Warmed this is much easier to drink - soft palate with rice and alcoholic warming.
Rating is quite hard as this has very little to do flavors and other characters of beer. Appearance was propably "perfect" for daiginjo-shu so it will get average 3 (for beer it would be 1).
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 300 ml bottle, served at about 10 C. Clear appearance with a slight yellow tinge. Herbal aroma, perhaps some light estery notes. Lightly fruity flavour, but the alcohol finish and light burn is the most notable thing here. Lightly creamy mouthfeel before the burn hits.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This a good Daiginjo sake. Not alot of flavor some melon but is drinkable. Finishes very clean and dry. Very little hint of the 15% alcohol.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice clear water color.Thin watery aroma of fruit maybe melon as some have said but it could be something different.I’m just unsure due to my limited access and trials of this kind of brew.The flavor was very nice.Mild flavor with a watery thing going on here with plenty of alcohol and only a mild hint of fruit.I thought that Sake was supposed to get better with the more money you spend on them but this one isn’t that great.i have a cheap Sake that has better flavor then this one does.Oh well gotta try to learn more about’em
pilsnerrogge (2594) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like water. Smells great; candy, toffee and melon. Taste of alcohol and baking powder, maybe some rice as well. This was my first sake and if it wasn't for the aroma it could've been my last.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head (still). Body is colorless. Aroma is light notes of grain, flowers, peach, apple, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic. Light body, watery texture, flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic. I've had [cheap] sake a few times in the past, but this is my first serious attempt to review one. Figured I'd start with something reasonably serious but not terribly pricey. Seems to have slight elements of white wine, mead, and beer alike...I've had examples of each that were similar to this. This is not an exceedingly interesting or complex example, or so it seems, but it's quite pleasant and better than any sake I'd previously had. Giving an appearance score may be difficult with sakes, I expect, as a great deal are pretty much colorless...in what case would you give a 1 or 2, if it had dead insects floating in it?
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The problem with Sam's Wine's sake selection is the ones that say Daiginjo on the label are actually sub-par Daiginjos. In the end, they leave their taster with the perception that he's had the best of Japanese sake and what was all the fuss about. Horin is an example of this. So is Kamoizumi Daiginjo (to be avoided). Horin is good - quite good - but it's at the bottom end of the Daiginjo spectrum for the following reasons. First, Horin has a hint of yellowness, which shouldn't be there in ANY Daiginjo. Second, Horin's from Gekkeikan, best known for crap sake, but we're going to rate it as if we don't know that fact. Third, the flavor: The alcohol nose doesn't materialize in the flavor like you'd think it would. But, there's little else in this one-dimensional, not-fruity, not-candyish Daiginjo to grab you. It's light, creamy and fairly delicate, but there IS alcohol there and it grabs you before it's down the esophagus. Never forget: you almost always get what you pay for, (unless you're drinking Ohtouka). In fairness, this Horin is better than 90% of sake out there, just don't expect it to compete with most other Daiginjos, and several Ginjos will beat the pants off of it.