marcus (8304) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours clear white with a subtle melon-like aroma. It’s very dry with a delicate rice and melon flavor.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Yuriko. Clear pour with good legs. Sampled with Dassai 50 and Dassai 23 for comparison. This was the harshest of the bunch, but still quite smooth and drinkable compared to other sakes i’ve had before. Slightly fruity and apple notes, and what I would have described as ’clean’ if I had not had the others for comparison. Slight burning as it goes down, but very faint. Enjoyable, but I still prefer nigori or the Junmai Daiginjo.
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of bottle, clear straw yellow with no head, aroma brought grass, rice, hints of peach, pear, nice earthy, oaky tones, touch of sweet orange as well. Taste is sweet orange, grape, peach, some hints of tropical fruits into some rice, earth, slight spice notes, finishing sweet. Pretty nice.
bhensonb (13230) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from World Market. Pours rather perry color. Aroma is clean, no fusils, and there are hints of plum and/or green melon. Med body or nearly. The flavor is very clean for a sake, and the fruit is decent. Smooth, dry and clean. Rivals a decent chardonnay.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear, nice legs. Aroma of light fruit and melon. Flavor seems a bit dumbed down but pleasant, very slight butter. medium mouthfeel. Nice.
can8ianben (1446) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear without any trace of color. Aroma of grapes, faint alcohol. Tastes of alcohol and faint tree fruit flavors. Intersting, but again, I’m not a sake guy.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear hued body with some legs. Aromas are of lychee, nutty, marzipan, a bit meaty, koji, minerals, peanut butter, melon. Flavors are nutty, melon, umami, medium mineral, warming, honey, biscuit like starch character. Some floral notes that could just be alcohol byproducts. Big and viscous mouthfeel.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a transparent body with nice legs. Aroma of vanilla, florals, Styrofoam, melon rind, and marzipan. Flavor of florals, marzipan, and rice.
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pour. more of the typical muddled yogurt yeast, creamed rice and fruit cocktail / canned pear flavor and syrupiness. moderately rough with plastic and ethanol notes growing too strong late.
obguthr (5099) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butterscotch and vanilla creme nose. Clear, yellowish. honey and cantaloupe flavor, only slightly buttery. Very hot. Finishes more like honeydew melons.Somewhat mead-like actually for a sake, but has definite melon characteristics. Surprising complexity.