jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Linh, Vi, Ken, Thi and the rest of the Vuongs during Chinese New Year 2013. Pours a golden orange body with no head or lacing. Aroma is not too spicy upfront - mostly dominated with sweet fruit and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of smooth, mellow fruits followed by lots of spice and pepper. Very interesting sake - almost reminds me of some of the more heavily spiced Kuhnhenn meads. Nice.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that we brought to Andy’s New Years Eve party/tasting/Fluxx tournament. Pours a clear orange tinged color. Super sweet aromas, pear and plum on the nose. Quite sweet, at first, then picks up some chili pepper heat. Good amount of spice. Very odd. I imagine that this must be what the fabled Purple Possum Habenero mead would taste like if it were good.
degbert (902) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
TPSA. WOW, this was odd. Color is medium gold, like a brandy or a light bourbon. Nose is mostly plum with some other fruity undertones. It starts out sweet, then the pepper kicks in -- it’s not chile hot, I’m guessing the pepper is either black pepper or Japanese sansho pepper. Burn is pleasant without being over the top. The finish maintains the sweetness. I think I liked it, but it was quite the paradigm shift; I’m still getting my head around it.