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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 In short, Divine Droplets is a remarkable drink. A daiginjo of the highest order, you absolutely cannot taste the alcohol - and it's over 15%! Further, the alcohol isn't hidden in sweetness like a Dogfish World Wide Stout. The result of Takasago Shuzo's igloo-brewing process (see beer description) is divine, indeed. Mild, mild, mild! A wonderful, subtle aroma of flowers greets your nose, but not an aggressive one. Tastewise, you've got a treat on your hands when you open this, but Divine Droplets is about subtleties, not brute force, so don't expect the fruity assertiveness of a Sato No Homare (Pride of the Village), but rather a semi-dry, non-oily, lightly sweet delight. Pricey, but as always, you get what you pay for! No color whatsoever. Fantastic!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2006
300ml bottle for $31.99 plus tax. Sheesh. But I must say, worth all of it. Off clear color. Aroma of strawberry, kiwi, flowers, and some honeydew. Tastes light and fruity. 15.6% alcohol does show profoundly however; not for the faint of heart. Palate a bit thin and slightly oily, a little astringent, but very good. Lingering warm finish. Amazing sake.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Pour is virtually clear with a slightest yellow hue and leaves beautiful delicate legs...smell is amazingly floral and sweet, but not sticky sweet...coconut, almonds, light sweet fruits...faint wisps of alcohol...delightful slightly thick and full mouthfeel...nice sweet full flavors of nuts, melons, coconut, lavender, flower petals, some faint alcohol in the finish, which otherwise is relatively dry but not overly so the flavor lingers in the mouth for several minutes after...wow...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichQY (1) - USA - AUG 23, 2008 does not count
Woow, I fell in love with this sake. It actually resembles a renowned Chinese grain alcohol Wu Liang Ye in terms of flavor. Very sweet, extremely smooth, medium body, somewhat short after taste though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012
Chi piů chi meno trovo che il sakč quello vero, sia una bevanda strepitosa! Questo perň č forse uno dei migliori!

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6101) - 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Another stellar Saki from the zipps cdrew. Floral and fruit notes on this beer with sake mold. Sweet caramel with a subtle mix of fruits and rice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nuffield (4065) - 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.

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