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Kuromatsu-Hakushika (White Deer) Yamadanishiki Junmai Sake

Brewed by Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co.
Style: Saké - Junmai
Nishinomiya, HYOGO Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle shared with my wife. Pours rather clear with a soft yellow tinge to it. Sticky sweet rice with a bit of banana and old melon behind it. Medium bodied, sweet rice porridge and warm melon. Warming alcohol and light sweetness on the finish. Warm and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
small bottle, bought at the liquor store that had that schmuck at it, but he is now gone, thanks for the barrel .. . light pear flesh colour .. . pear skin, clean cooked rice, and mild melon .. . super damn smooth! .. . very very well done Sake, impressed with this one! .. . . football is such a man’s man sport! i mean with the carrie underwood musical openings and the the pop star half time shows. football just drips masculinity....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Buttercream frosting on the nose. Clear colorless save for a very slight greenish hue. Sweet and hot buttercream, honey, cantaloupe, and koji flavor. Thin and very watery. Not really my kind of sake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (7344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2012
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. An ultra-simple rendition with only the standard rice-glue-mold aromatics. Maybe a touch fusely, not terrible but a little unwholesome in the nose and aftertaste. Not repulsive but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Gold flake version. Clear pour with yellowish hint and gold flakes floating about. Grainy rice, koji, banana and melon comes through in the aroma. Much the same in the taste, but banana and melon are much stronger in the flavor. Smooth body, decent sake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours with an ever so slight yellow tinge to an otherwise clear body. Very weak legs, if any. Aroma of alcohol, almond, vanilla, koji, umami, grass, and a bit of cantaloupe. Taste is heavy on the koji, medium to sweet with a decent amount of umami meatiness up front. Lingeringly sweet with honeydew melon. Alcohol is much more mellow than it is on the nose. Relatively pleasant. A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but balanced. Lingering aftertaste (longish duration).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours clear with a gold tint. Smells of rice and alcohol with some fruitiness present. Tastes sweet and boozy. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottled. Tons of koji in the aroma, melon, grassiness, not too complex. A bit of grain alcohol lingers on the palate, with more koji flavors, florals and mud. Very basic sake.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1474) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
I’ve left this poor sake specimen to age and wither in my basement for a year, but when I came back from Seattle to Colorado with a newfound affinity for sake I was glad to have it all the same. By the good grace of my past-self, the sake had been exposed neither to light nor to heat and was in good condition by the time I poured it, chilled, into a wine glass. There it sat, expectantly, calmly, clear and lucid save for the slightest touch of gold, no doubt from the unintended aging. The aroma is very funky, redolent with koji, a once hostile aromatic but now an addictive element in most sakes I’ve sampled. An impish grin of musk melon debuts in the aroma after two or three labored sniffs, but I am immediately repelled by a very strong vapor of alcohol burning the lower periphery of my nostrils. Despite this hostile chemical attack, the flavor is rather soft and smooth. The alcohol takes a more complementary approach, and the flavor is diluted, even watery. It takes some deliberation, but I conclude that the flavor is not weak. Maybe a little feeble, but mostly a soft brush stroke of moderately dry, rice flavor. A heavy palate and a tingle of sweetness of the aftertaste growing stronger as it acclimates to room temperature make this an extraordinarily, approachably soft and simple sake. Give it plenty of time and the sake will even bloom with some peach and raspberry notes in the finish. Certainly not a detailed sake, I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this to first time sake drinkers, so long as they plug their noses.

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