peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear like a vodka. nose is pear-like and sweet. taste is more lychee than pear with a distinct rice flavor. The sweetness creates an impression of thickness in the finish.
eRock_2013 (145) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served chilled fresh from an unopened bottle, this Sake pours perfectly clear and smooth, impressive. Smell is faint and clean, fresh sweet aroma. The taste is mildly sweet, subtly a bit fruity, but also allows the grainy rice flavor to come through. Also what I suppose is the yeasty taste of koji. I enjoy this flavor profile over the gekkeikan junmai ginjo I sampled previously, which was a bit too sweet. However, I was bit disappointed that the taste was not more flavorful, could've been stronger. At any rate, seemed to be an authentic Japanese offering.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with my wife. Pours clear with the smallest hint of gold to it. Big sweet rice, chewy yeast, a touch of warm alcohol, bread. Medium bodied, warm rice, touches of banana. Sweet and simple, warmth on the finish and a bit of yeast. Decent enough.
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear watery colour. Nicely floral aroma, quite light, rice with strong alcohol notes. Light sweet flavour, floral, light alcohol notes. Floral light finish.
I don’t know much about sake, but I do know I liked it. Good stuff, and for sure I will drink this again if I have the chance.
(From 50cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of 77ships. Thanks Eugene!)
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at RBBSG. Ehh I have no idea how to rate this...it looks like water, just clear watery like... Ok so aroma, it smells a bit sweaty... Taste is weird, haven’t tasted anything like this before (pretty obvious since this is my first sake) but ist’s slightly sweet and some alcohol, I don’t get much more. A new experience, always nice.
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. bottle split @ Black Fré’s Forest BBQ // went for seconds on this one // served room temperature // colourless, no head, crystal-clear water // aroma is of sweet rice, mild herbal, hint spice, very lightly medicinal & alcohol // sweet rice flavour, flowers, floral, touch sake yeast, nice herbal mild quality in the back, no alcohol, medium, easy going sweetness // silky body // quite liked it, ratings are low & I don’t know anything about sake
obguthr (3437) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hot butterscotch nose. Clear with a blue-green-yellowish hue. Watery and warm. Flavor is heavily dominated by koji and cantaloupe. Finishes with butterscotch and koji.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3271) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a restaurant in Albany (the name escapes me). Pours clear like water and about the same viscosity. Mild aroma of rice and vanilla along with some alcohol vapors. The flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. Easy to drink and enjoyable with my meal. No problems.
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gift from SJ. What I liked about this was the nice blend of pepper, vanilla, nut, riceand milk. It was ok for the style.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. No head (still). Body is colorless. Aroma is notes of grain/rice, alcohol (slightly fusel, e.g. acetone), glue, mold. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Wow, this reminds me of the Simpsons episode where they showed all three Duff beers coming out of the same pipe. This is practically identical to the plain Junmai. Bog standard cheap sake nose, slightly fusel. Yawn.