Brewed by Takasago Shuzo Sake Co.
Style: Saké - Daiginjo
Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 468   ABV: 15.6%
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Nihonshu-do: +3
Seimaibuai: 50%
Notable Facts: Each year, after the temperature drops below 14 fahrenheit, they build an Ice Dome outside near the main kura building. It is basically an igloo inside of which the temperature stays about 28 F, with 90% humidity and no wind The low temperature means "nasty bacteria" cannot survive, and it allows them to make clean, pure, ultra-premium saké. Additionally, they separate the clear saké from the fermenting rice lees not by pressing, but rather by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the saké to drip out slowly overnight, with no pressure at all applied to the mash. The Cadillac of Daiginjo sake is Shizuku-style sake, the equivalent of wine made from free-run juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours a cyrstal clear with a sheen. Aroma of Granny Smith apples, florals, vanilla, and cream. Clean flavor of coconut milk, cream, and light alcohol. Burns oing down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Wow, what a treat. Big thanks and a sad farewell go to Kevin. Aroma has licorice, plastic, vanilla, ice cream. Clear of course but not as bright water, perhaps a hint of color there? Tough to tell from a ceramic sake glass that casts shadows. Alcohol in the nose but only when you hold it in your mouth, otherwise for raw aroma and flavor there’s nothing there but smoothness. It dissolves like an angel cake. What a special drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Nose-light apple, coconut milk, and scotch tape. Very clear body with a tinge of yellow. Taste-alcohol, coconut milk, white chocolate, very warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
These are always hard because how do you really judge appearance in a "beer" sense. But this was easily the best sake that this feeble mind has ever come across. Truly ethereal. Mind melding. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
Claire et pratiquement incolore, larme d’alcool glissant symétriquement sur la paroi du verre. Arômes très floraux, d’herbes et de grains de riz exotiques. Flaveurs, difficilement descriptible, certainement très propre et pleine de classe. Fleurs, herbes, subtilement sucrées, gomme baloune, vanille (?) Pratiquement aucune trace d’alcool n’est détectable mis à part du léger réchauffement arrivant à la toute fin. Texture ample, corps dense. Une classe à part et certainement sans comparaison possible aux autres sakés traînants sur les tablettes de nos SAQ. Une bonne raison de garder un oeil ouvert pour ce genre de trésors dans le futur. Bouteille, Denver CO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Totally clear, uncoloured and displaying huge lasting linear and regular-spaced legs all over the glass. Aroma is strong and diplomatic with no notes getting out of control. Fully extracted grain, well attenuated rice. Extremely clean example with almost unnoticeable alcohol, no burms, no off-notes. Smooth, juicy, tasty and intense cereals flavours develop on the palate, procuring mellow pear/buttered litchis hints, always rice focused, but here and there suggesting a fruit note, always on a floral vanilla background. Flat bodied, very oily, vegetal texture, grainy and clean all the way through with astringence being no issue. So clean and smooth that it almost left me wishing for some kind of funk or more flavour complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2005
licorice aroma. slight, off clear appearance. taste is a rich mix of light fruit and very hard to put my foot on, maybe some vanilla and acorn with some kind of weird not quite sweetness. no burn at all from the alcohol, amazingingly smooth. i can taste the quality difference in this. there is some kind of lingering chocolate and pear note. wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Clear, light yellow color, spotty stickiness on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, plums and a touch of alcohol. Caramel and more vanilla in the taste, dry oakiness, and a clean finish. Alcohol only noticable as it warmed my stomach.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Light yellow or beige. Aromas of kiwi, anise, marshmellows and almost a peppermint. Flavors of light mint and some melon. Very clean. Smooth and mellow. Tingly and warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2004
About the lightest color beige you can get before becoming clear. The aroma is very light and fruity, crisp and clean with notes of honeydew melon, licorice, faint coconut, and peach. Smelling this reminds me of late spring when the dogwoods are in bloom at the air is full of sweet fragrant flowers. The impact is very balanced with a noticable presence but easily discounted as an afterthought. The flavor is pure and clean, it’s just like a tasty pure complex spring water, you can’t even tell the alcohol is here until you feel it in your stomach. This is a truly great sake and WELL worth the price for the experience. I don’t know about a nightly thing, but I wish I could afford that!

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