egajdzis (5898) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pear cider color, still, light legs left on glass. Aroma of honey, vanilla, cedar, and alcohol. Taste of honey, wood, stone fruit, rice, stronger alcohol bite.
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Bottle at SB&WF 2015, on September 24, 2015.
Was told this was from Kiuchi brewery, but also named Kikusakari. From a town/region of Mito / Ibaraki. At 15% ABV. Seems it does fit in here.
Clear birch sap/pear color. Some legs. Sweet, pear, some alcohol, fresh scent. Alcohol, a bit tart, smooth taste. Smooth mouthfeel, tart finish.
Jow (3230) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home #5 Taru rate yippee and seeing this has so many rates surprisingly haven’t come across before. Light yellow tinged pour. Nose is musty cedar and some honey. Tastes of faint cedar, grainy, melon, pepper, honey, some alcohol. Not particularly smooth. Spice on finish.
Cunningham (6555) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Clear color with no head.
Aroma: Yeast, rice, mild fruity and some oak.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Yeast, mild oak, alcohol, rice and light fruity.
Overall impression: A nice girl tried to learn me something about sake. And I think she was clever. For the first time I liked it. It had a round mild texure. Taru means barrel aged.
Personal stats: Bottle at Beer13 in Oslo, Norway
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear color with no head. Has a fruity yeasty week woody cedar aroma. Sweetish spicy weak apple and cedar flavor. Has a fruity yeasty spicy finish.
TheJestersBeer (2332) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost water clear, green tinge, no head.
Spicy aroma, wood, pepper, rice, yeast.
Dry, light bodied, no carbonation.
Peppery, woody, spicy taste, rice, yeast, grapefruit peel, slightly floral.
oh6gdx (24490) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@SBWF2011. Rather watery colour. Very peppery notes along with some mild wood in the aroma. Flavour is rather wooden, with some slight cedar, spices and mild sweetness as well.
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gift from Sj. White almost clear pour. With an aroma of dirt, wood and sugar.
The taste was alcohol , rice and fruit. Ifind it hard to rate these.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at Fountainhead. It’s still and quite clear, perhaps a hint of yellow in the middle. Nose is fragrant, peppery cedar, melon & earth. Some alcohol notes as well. On taste, the cedar is pretty subdued, lending some woody notes. Earthy koji and fresh sticky rice. More of the melon notes and perfume. A nice fruity note comes through. Finish is clean. Reasonably full bodied as well. Pretty interesting stuff.
obguthr (5309) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong and unmistakable aroma of black pepper and honey. Clear pale yellow. Light flavor, thin mouthfeel. Alcohol well concealed. Delayed honey flavor with balck pepper and must accents. Nice woody finish. Weak in intensity, but that’s a good thing given the subtle nuances of this sake. Unique and quite nice.