bpreo (2014) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Maybe the cloudiest Nigori I have seen yet. Nice a creamy, yellowish (or maybe that’s my kitchen lighting). Nice and gritty, and strong. Whoa now!
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy milk color. Rice, fruity, and some vanilla. Would never have guessed 20%+ ...
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours milky white. Melon, coconut, rice, medium sweetness, and light booziness. Pretty good.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5359) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at Japan in Epcot this sake poured a thick, milky and white with great tearing. The aroma was sweetish rice, vodka and a touch of vanilla. The flavor was boozy and bitey with notes of vanilla, cream, rice, vodka, lemon and a vague floral presence. Long grainy rice, vodka and vanilla finish. Medium body. Nice.
jredmond (6142) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the vuong family while in Seattle July, 2012. Pours a creamy, milky white body with thin gritty, powdery white lacing. Aroma is milk, body odor, almonds and light booze. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with notes of milk, almonds, light fruity booze, coconut, and a light graininess towards the finish. One of the better, more interesting sakes I’ve had thus far.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
300mL Bottle of Murai Family Nigori Genshu at Kabuki - Wakefield, RI. Creamy nose, with dense plum, pear, and grain. Pours intensely milky with a broken skim of alcohol and ice. Flavors are rich and deep, well-balanced I think. There’s cucumber, rose petals, coconut, cream, and almond milk. Rich and textured. The heavier alcohols (bottle says 19.9%) really aren’t overbearing and mingle well with the higher level of sweetness, creating deliciously sippable balance. A nice example, in my opinion.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured an off-white, almost gray. Very cloudy and murky looking. Aroma of candy sugars, creamy vanilla. Tasted very sweet, with a mild alcohol burn, almond, and overall coconut quality.
dchmela (2812) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
300ml bottle. Pours a milky dark white and leaves lots of debris on the sides of the glass. Aroma is big vanilla and hints of coconut. Thick milky taste with slightly sweet vanilla and coconut hush. Very smooth but the high abv peaks through just a little. Delicious and deceptively strong, might be a tad too sweet.
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
300 mL Murai Family bottle, imported by SakeOne. Appearance of skim milk - watery white. Swirling the glass coats the sides with a thin film and fine particulate matter. Aroma is subtly sweet coconut, some lactic and soft cheese notes, ricey huskiness and some alcohol, but no where near what you’d expect from a 20% ABV. Flavor is heavily sweet up front, creamy milk and coconut, followed closely with a rather big alcoholic burn that lasts through to the swallow. Finish is sweet, sticky and very alcoholic. Alcohol flavor is more pronounced with each further sip - savor the drink too long in your mouth and you will feel the burn in your nostrils. Despite the huge alcohol flavor, the sticky sweetness is enough to keep me coming back for more. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case.
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The Murai Family extends its pedigree to a Nigori Genshu - a much sweeter sake than any of the other Murai sakes I’ve seen - obviously a product of the style. Predictably the sake is a smooth, milky ribbon, clouded with rice lees, and barely a whisper of sweet, ricey aroma. I waste no time and move into the sip, a slight sweetness encroaching on the tip of my tongue and exhibiting peach and mandarin orange flavors. The palate is incredibly thick and chalky, coating the whole tongue like a tasty, alcoholic stomach relief medicine. I then take my second sip, and find that the Nigori Genshu has changed dramatically into a barnyard flavor, its flavor shockingly reminiscent of fresh manure and a second stage of scorching, alcohol burning all the way down my gullet. I try to re-evaluate that barnyard taste, in a way what I thought Brettanomyces was supposed to taste, but can’t really come up with any apt description except for manure and maybe even dog food. It’s not gag reflex worthy, but I definitely don’t care for it, and almost find myself committing a rare drain pour, but remind myself of the price per ounce and force it down, vainly hoping to find some subtler, meritable flavor. Nai.