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Marumoto Hou Hou Shu Sake

Brewed by Marumoto Sake Brewery Co.
Style: Saké - Junmai
Asakuchi-shi, Okayama, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This is a new addition to the Marumoto brewery’s repertoire, a delightfully unusual and memorable semi-sparkling junmaishu. It has been brewed using no additional ingredients beyond water and a delicious, slightly sweet sake rice. Fizzing when opened with natural carbon, this is a sake comparable to fine champagne, although rather than shaking it, the bottle should be gently upended before opening. Its taste will come as a very pleasant surprise to the drinker and is very light, with only 8% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Glass at Seiyo, 9/14/15.
Creamy-beige with just a hint of haze and plentiful carbonation rising creating a cluster of bubbles that I wouldn’t quite call a head.
Not much in the nose, though some sugars, light almondmeal, rice crackers and sweet vanilla cream. No alcohol.
Flavor is incredibly sweet. Yikes, was not expecting that. It’s got some acidity on the end, and the carbonation helps mitigate the sweetness somewhat, but as soon as this thing starts warming and the carbonation dying down a touch (ie. unless you really chug the stuff), it really starts getting too sluggishly sweet. The flavors are enjoyable though, with some earthiness, warm, salted white rice porridge and hints of lemon and coconut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2232) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Crisp sweet. Odd blue hue. Nose is a coconut party, light crispbread grainy. Lean creaminess then piled on sweetness, crisp carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes long pineapple and coconut water.

Bottle, Japan Centre Online, Sake Monday tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear white wine with a thin white head. Aromas of pineapple, coconut. Taste is light sweet. Finishes sweet coconut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Near clear with white head. Aroma of apple, earth, sslightly fruity. Taste of pineapple and coconut, some apple. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10863) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours a bit like water, pale and clear, nose is pear and pineapple, taste is pineapple juice with coconut, sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vipinvelp (3886) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2013
Unclear pale white with bubbles, looks like a champagne. Taste is quite sweet, not too outspoken taste. Sparkling. (Haarlem 201304)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jolo (1003) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle 30 cl. A cloudy gray-white colour with a small, fizzy, white head. An aroma of rice, caramel and citrus. The taste is heavy sweet. A medium body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation and a medium long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1705) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. The nose is straight-ahead cheesecake, laced with peaches. Very light on the palate; sweet, fruity, bright, and lactic. Very clean on the finish; mouthfeel is a dichotomy of prickly and creamy. It may not be traditional, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21873) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 bottle at home .... light hazy clear ... soft coconut ... sweet fruits ... hint of apple ... ... huge fizzy front ... nice sweet pineapple ... juicy plum.. quite full bodied ... i like this ... but it probably not a classic sake.3.7

bottle at home March 2015 .. light hazy yellow ... soft coconut husk ... soft pear juice nose ... sweet fruits ... pineapple and pear ... soft fruit ... nice.. massive pinnapple juice linger 3.6

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