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

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Junmai Sparkling Sake ZIPANG is naturally carbonated Sake, which is produced special techniques. Serve chilled, ZIPANG is a sweet yet refreshingly light flavor.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
It pours transparent with a slight yellowish tint; the head is white and violently foamy. The aroma has notes of: apple, alcohol, and rice koji. The taste is medium-light sweet that finishes with a light tartness; there are notes of: fuji apples, rice koji, pepper, and alcohol. The palate is light bodied, heavily carbonated (big bubbles), slightly sticky, and a medium sweet finish. Overall, its not very good , per say - the novelty value is off the charts. Id drink it for free, and enjoy it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2238) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Poured from a 250 ml bottle. Poured a like a light colored champagne with a green hue. The nose is grainy, musty. The carbonation brings any interesting new dimension to sake. The flavor is strong of green apple, dusty/musty. I am not a huge sake fan but I did find this interesting.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
250ml bottle poured into a flute. Pours a clear light yellow with almost no head. Almost reminds me of a light cider. Aroma of rice with some very light citrus and some vinegar. Taste is light sweet. Rice, citrus and something else I just cant put my finger on. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Im not really digging this one so Ill pass it on to the lady.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2781) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
This stuff pours about as clear as water w/ just a little fizzle of carbonation; it definitely looks less carbonated than water. The nose has some white grape overtones and a musty mushroom earthiness. This has an oily texture and a touch of lemon-like sourness. Its rather mildly flavored w/ very soft carbonation. Even w/ its rather thick texture it is only very slightly sweet. This has a nice nose but overall Id call it interesting more so than good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rocbyter (1895) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Light aroma. Clear color that fizzes up and quickly goes away. Mild bitter beginning with a light sweet finish. This sake seemed to be lacking.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2012
THOUGHTS: Different. Not as much flavor as I was expecting. Very light flavor and aroma. Surprised by the alcohol presence in such a low ABV. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured pretty much clear and colorless with only maybe a slight yellow tint and a small , white head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had white wine, slight alcohol, coconut, pear, and fruit cocktail juice only lighter. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and light to moderately acidic; while the finish was lightly sweet, moderately acidic and slightly bitter with a long duration. There was coconut, alcohol, light-colored fruit, fruit cocktail juice and grapes. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then a little dry with nearly pin-prick, fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent and slightly alcoholic finish.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreamflower (567) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
I love the subtle quiet aroma of rice. Its a beautiful sparkling sake, but the taste is watered down and just okay. I was hoping for something more.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2163) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Clear (a touch of yellow) with a white head. This is a carbonated sake, which is interesting. Not as flavourful or interesting as some of the better sakes, but refreshing and unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a soft golden white with a thin white head around the edges. Light rice on the nose. Big soda like carbonation, a touch empty, sweetness. More sweetness on the finish, and a touch of lemon., but nothing super big. A nice idea, but lacking a bit in execution.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3198) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours with basically no color, the sake has a bit of a head on it when its first poured but that fades away fairly quickly. Some of the tiny bubbles are however retained.

The aroma is spicy and lightly fruity with some light boozeiness, over all the pear seems to be the most dominant and pleasant aroma within this sake.

The flavor is fairly sweet but not sugary or awful. This sake is very fruity with good berry and pear notes. There are some rice flavors in the sake but the booze character (while noticeable) is really pretty small and easily forgotten with all the other nice things going on in this sake.


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