tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
300mL bottle. Beautiful Nigori pour. A gentile swirl leave a very fine particulate on the sides of my glass. Aroma is quite creamy... semi-sweet. Plenty of koji, tapioca, a bit of coconut. Slightly perfumy with some floral notes... lavender and jasmine first come to mind. A very pretty nose for sure. Flavor doesn’t quite match the aroma, however. The alcohol isn’t masked all that well. Some fruity flavors (pineapple most notably). Perfume. Quite floral and mostly dry. Koji, dried coconut and banana. The alcohol really comes to the fore on the palate and masks a lot of the the subtle flavors. Medium bodied with a very distracting chalky mouth feel mid-palate back to the finish... almost gritty at times. Decent, but an altogether forgettable nigori. 100th% for the style? Hardly...
beeronmypants (22) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is very pretty in the bottle. Nice cloudy white. The smell is of a rich red wine. There is also a sweetness to the nose. The palate is very creamy. Hints of berry with red wine after tone. Very floral and a lot of different notes to pick up off of each sip.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a milky cloudy white with a slight yellow tint. The sake leaves a little bit of sediment on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very unique with some hints of berry and a little bit of floral . There is something else here that I can’t put my finger on but I like it. The flavor is very interesting and not at all what I expected. There is some strawberry and plenty of booze. There is certainly an woodiness that works well with a very vinous red wine like character, it’s mildly sweet but far more dry. The palate is odd but intriguing, the sake is very thick and leaves a sort of residue on your mouth.
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
300ml Bottle. Shared with French tickler and Grand Genie. Appearance is white and looks like milk diluted with water. Aroma: Baiileys. vanilla yogourt, rice, banana and coconut milk. Flavor: Alcohol (Vodka), vanilla, lactose and rice. Palate: light body, creamy oily texture and no carbonation.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"Dégusté" avec Agaguk et grandgenie. Apparence tres lactique, lait en poudre diluée dans de l’eau, fine particule blanche apparente... Aromes de coconut, lait écremé. lait de coconut, riz. De loin le meilleur de son style mais tout de meme pas dans mes interets des plus profond. Sensation de lactose, beaucoup d’alcool corps moyen. LEGER gout d’apricot, lait de coconut reviens, eau de riz. Je dois dire a nouveau que ce n’es pas dutout mon style, par contre je dois avouer qu’il es pas mal moin pire que son précédent.
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ma première expérience de saké....
Acheté à la LCBO, et dégusté dans un verre dieu du ciel du 10e aniversaire. Bouteille de 330ml millésimé 2008. Apparence impressionnante couleur du lait écrémé, sans effervescence et laissant un gros dépôt sur les parois du verre. Arômes de vanille, banane, coconut avec une touche de vodka. Un goût d’alcool de vodka, de riz et de gogi qui est un fruit disponible pour c’est bien fait d’antioxidant. J’adore, elle est équilibré, plein de corps, une longue finale et on ne pourrais dire le 12.5%. Une belle création, une belle bouteille et de la finesse. Je ne sais pas le profil de vieillissement mais je vais essayer dans faire vieillir.
J’ai un présentiment, je vois très bien un repas avec comme partenaires de bon sushis.....
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$5.49 Bottle... Pours and looks like skim milk. Leaves film and particles on the walls of my glass. Aroma is sweet, with banana, vanilla, marzipan, koji, alcohol and even a hint of cinnamon snicker-doodle. Taste is straight koji, with a bit of sweet rice grain. Can feel the particles on my tongue, a bit chalky. Light cedar notes as well. Some fresh flesh. Very creamy and milky texture, like 2% fat milk. A bit alcohol forward for the abv.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
300mL Bottle at Zen - Bucktown, Chicagio, IL. Served chilled. Soft plum alcohol and apple blossom. Wet. Pours a cloudy white. Light grainy rice sugar, alcohol. Apple flesh, light asian pear, and some sweet yeast esters. A bit of apricot and yeast. Nice. Quickening and vibrant. Not an overly complex or floral sake, but the deeper koji texture and notes add to the light, delicate character of this example.
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m starting off my experiment in sake with the most affordable bottles. This is probably a bad idea. If I did that with beer I’d be an avowed teetotaler, but so far the experience has been very pleasant, in part thanks to the approachability of Hakutsuru’s delicious nigori-zake, Sayuri. The pink bottle might throw you off. The sake isn’t pink nor are the flavors really pink. This was almost disappointing. I’ve clashed with the Japanese love for artificial strawberry flavoring before. The best strawberry milk in the world easily comes from Japan. So I had expected something of a strawberry note in the Sayuri thanks to its roseate glow. No such taste, I’m afraid. Underneath the thick blanket of creamy sediment (leaving a grittiness on the tongue that I rather enjoy) is mostly a musk melon sweetness, which lounges around the tongue until you decide to swallow it. Then an alcohol burn leaps from the unassuming fruity flavor and toasts its way all the way down the esophagus. In effect, the Sayuri is very contradictory - somehow light yet very milky, somehow sweet (melon and mochi) yet very strong in its alcohol notes. The aroma is very difficult to catch, but mostly resembles the initial sweetness before the alcohol bite. Hakutsuru’s Sayuri is a very pleasant drink and certainly a good way to ease into sake, especially if you have unconfirmed but curious drinkers as guests. This seems like it would be the Lindemann’s of sake.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Skim milk color, chalky unfiltered appearance. Aroma is delicate honeydew and alcohol. Flavor is mellow fleshy fruits: honeydew, pear. Very sweet, rice milk notes. A little boozy in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chalky.