ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Oishii on 11/17/07 (not sure the size, probably around 300mL).
Lightly cloudy as it gets to the bottom of the bottle, with obvious sediment on the bottom (though it does not cover the bottom). I did not mix it in and only let some get in at the end. A softly yellow-tinted white but without too much effervescence. Itís not like it has a head or anything (though a quick ring of bubbles perks up while pouring). Carbonation, furthermore, comes out of solution very quickly and it is closer to still than carbonated by the end of the bottle.
Anyways, I donít think itís incredibly sweet and sprite tasting, rather, itís certainly a sweet sake so in a relative sense, this is incredibly sweet. But itís not like lindemans framboise sweet, or something of that degree. Not nearly as sweet as the kioshu dessert sakes.
What it is, is deliciously full of tangerine, melon, lemon and herbal qualities. Both in nose and in flavor, with a distinct, though not strong zip on the finish, from the carbonation (which despite being very low, is quite tight). The carbonation really does help with the sweetness and it remains a very, very drinkable sake, with no sign of alcohol or flaw. Some light pineapple and vanilla creaminess develop as it warms and breathes. Soft, silky and full bodied. Absolutely marvelous!
booweiss (1) - - APR 10, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Most enjoyable sake Iíve ever had. It was paired with the first course of a tasting menu at Coi in San Francisco, and was the most memorable wine of the evening. Bubbly, sweet and very easy to drink.
thedm (4866) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This green bottled sake from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of frothy milky white colored fine to large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation and a slightly hazy light milky white colored body and no lacing. The nice champagne like aroma was of sweet rice. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mediumly tingly finish with a medium milky sweet aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of sweet vinous rice. A surprisingly delicious sake and one I would certainly buy again.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
At 6.5% abv, this is a good sake to start people off with. Very, very low alcohol. Itís also considered to be a fine example of sake brewing. One of my all time favorites - itís incredibly sweet and tastes like drinking a Sprite. Utterly delicious if you like that sort of thing. Sparkling, which is really unusual - I think Iíve only ever had 3 sparkling sakes, and the other two werenít quite my thing.