Brewed by Gekkeikan Sake Company (Japan)
Style: Saké - Daiginjo
KYOTO Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vaiz (3990) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2011
My first sake rating, so this might sound a bit like a newbie rating.. clear very light off-white pour. Aroma of white wine, some fruits and sour apple. Flavor is quite sweet and alcoholic. Very thin palate and watery texture. I’m not sure sake is for me, but I should give it another shot sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Served chilled. Clear body. Sweet slightly grassy aroma. Sweet flavor, light rice, some melon hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3741) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Currently available on American airline flights into/out of Tokyo - Served chilled. There’s a light aroma with faint rice and a little alcohol. The flavor is also mild with light sweetness and rice. It’s very smooth and goes down easily. To be honest I don’t know enough about sake to rate it competently, but this one was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Served chilled. Clear, with faint, pale yellow hues. Aroma is sweet, floral, and yeasty. Sweet, rice syrup background in the flavor with floral highlights, dough, and faint citrus. Slick, full mouthfeel that is a bit cloying. Smooth swallow with a clean finish. Alcohol does not interfere. Nice, but I found to be a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Sample from a Sake Flight at Fuji Jade Garden, State College, PA. This was interesting. Aroma carried a lightly phenolic or ester profile, as if in a Belgian yeast sense. Pours clear. In the mouth, this becomes more distinct, with some minerals, peppery notes, lemon rind and brandy-like mature fruit. This is all veiled by a heavy sugar content. This is dense and strong. Finishes on plum ripeness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pour clear like water. The aroma is fruity, pineapple, apple, some booze. . The flavor is sweet fruit, light fruit, light booze. The finish is sweet fruit, light booze burn. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Much cleaner smell that the Gekkeikan Gold I just had. Clear color. Taste is more ephemeral, lighter alcohol and again a hint of plum flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Glass at Japanese Pavillion at Epcot. Pours clear with a hints of yellow. Aroma is rice, yeast and melon aroma. Taste is chewy rice, yeast and more fruit notes. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2840) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Sweet vanilla aroma. Clear. Sweet taste. Very smooth. Abv well masked. Nice sake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
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.

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