porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(300 ml bottle from 1828 Vintage House) Served lightly chilled. Poured clear as water. Aroma of rice, yeast and alcohol. Wine-like mouthfeel, lightly dry. Legs/lacing consist of droplets along inside of glass. Flavor is quite hot and yeasty, on the sweet side with a strong fermented rice taste. Maybe even a touch bready. I enjoyed it more cooler than warmer. Feels quite refined but quite potent! Seems like a better than average sake.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a clear color with a light aroma sweet rice and a vaguely nutty character. A surprisingly potent flavor with citrus undercurrents and a light nuttyness a light finish with smooth body.
ilovedarkbeer (2339) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear. Thin lasting legs. Nose is alcoholic and sweet like tereyaki rice. kind of remindes me of triple bock. Taste is about the same and the mouthfeel is coating.Finish is a bit warming. Not overly impressed here.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
300 ml bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (December 2007), consumed from the fridge in a White Winter Winery glass. Totally clear, slightly oily, still appearance; the clearest-looking sake Iíve had yet....faint, spidery, persistent legs....entrancing if low-key coconut-almond aroma, lightly ricey, no alcoholic harshness....sweet, thick and fairly simple flavor profile, with alcohol growing in strength fairly quickly; finish slightly medicinal/industrial in character and not all that pleasant, but the midpalate is nicely cotton-candy-like with a hind of sugared nuts....this isnít bad for the price I guess but far from my favorite thus far.
Tmoney99 (11090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Jungle Jimís served cold. Poured clear color with good legs. Medium rice alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry texture. Medium complex flavor with a medium complex alcohol finish that was of moderate duration. Solid drinkable sake.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375mL bottle at Fugakyu on 8/25/07
Watery appearance with poor legs/leg-retention. Very clear.
Extremely nutty in the nose, with almonds and sharp peach esters. Gains a rather unpleasant paste/glue-like note with not-so well-concealed alcohol. Kind of like what sake shouldnt be. Though itís no cheap ozeki, it just isnt pleasant after youíve had better stuff.
Same goes for the flavor, raw, unrefined and without any real delicate flavors. Too much nuttiness and alcohol, with bland rice hull. Not light or fruity or elegant in the least. Fusels are very problematic. Sluggish texture (for a sake). Itís cheap though....
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Pours essentially like water, no legs. Aroma, rice, boozy, some fruits. Flavor, rice, some light fruity notes, and something that I just could not enjoy.
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
about 99.5% clear, a small twinge of yellow. A nice sweet delicate aroma and flavor a nice sweet finish with notes of alcohol. Really smooth and crisp, some dryiness to the finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear color with no legs. The nose is full bodied with a light grainy character, light alcohol and a bit of dusty koji, no sweetness or melon yummyness which I like. The flavor is rich with good umami and a nice feel on the palate. Semi-sweet with a buttery finish a light alcohol feel. Extended tail. I can see what theyíre going for but itís missing something.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
08.15.05 Just a dew drop away from colorless, light legs slickly run down the cup. Mild fruit, more like a wet grain; and slightly stale smelling like water thatís been sitting too long in a pitcher. Flavor is warm and tropical with some hints of a chile spiciness. Thank goodness the flavor pulled through what was an otherwise a odd aroma. Still a somewhat stale finish, dry, again followed by a reemergence of coating and slick fruit. Given the ABV, I think the heat level is entirely appropriate. Itís a lot of flavor to come out of something so clear.