obguthr (3750) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry cordial and airplane glue aroma. Crystal clear pale yellow. Somewhat viscous Rather sweet, cherry and koji flavor initially. Finishes with airplane glue and cantaloupe. Nice.
ldr514 (10) - USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fragrant, with a full flavor of cool, sweet summer fruits. The most refreshing of the 6 premium sakes I’ve tried this year since I embarked on a 2007 sake tasting spree.
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Marcello Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 300 ml bottle - served chilled. Lazy, dirty dishwater pour - no sparking. Sulphuric smell, smells like a fresh book of matches - not pleasant. Flavor redeems itself just a bit, some slight sulphur notes of course, but picks itself up with some boiled rice, some grassiness and a hint of peach. Mouthfeel is thin and a tad oily - alcohol presence is felt. Glad I only paid $2.99 for this.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
300ml bottle marked 2004.6, purchased at a grocery store on Kauai. It wasn’t refrigerated, so I’m not sure if it was spoiled, never had sake before. Aromas af banana, vanilla, it is very soft. Very pale yellow, just the slightest hint of color. Vanilla, woody, bananna and then some white chocolate notes. Some perfume/flowery stuff as it warmed. Watery-oily texture, no carbonation, some noticable alcohol in the finish but it hides it well. Very interesting...
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served from the bottle in an ochoko cup. I drank this over a sushi lunch just now, and I have to say that I really don’t understand what it’s supposed to be. First of all, I’m beyond shocked that it’s 13.5% ABV. It looks exactly like water in all respects, but I’m judging it by sake standards and so I’ll give it a 3 in appearance. The smell is of subtle fruits, especially peaches, and is slightly sharp. Very smooth taste, but that doesn’t really get points...I mean, masking alcohol is for getting chicks drunk! There’s a bit of vinegar in the finish that didn’t appeal to me, either, but the smoothness is nice. Easy to drink, especially at cold temperatures, and went half-decently with my lunch (I LOVE white cod sushi!!)
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Magnificent!!!! The Ohtouka won tonight's six-way sake tasteoff by a decent margin, and one of the competitors was a Daiginjo from Kamoizumi. Maybe it's the 13.5% abv that makes this so smooth and light, but there's a wonderful candyish aroma (albeit faint) and a whiff of marshmallows. There's a hint of yeast and sweetness in the taste, and overall this is a light, not-very-dry, sake that you'll fall in love with. Rather than an oily, buttery texture, Ohtouka is more watery in consistency with a pronounced sweetness. With a seimaibuai of 68%, Ohtouka's not all that refined, and thus there's a hint of yellowness to the color. Nevertheless, buy this sake! But caveat emptor, as it's unpasteurized, you need to find a retailer who keeps it refrigerated, as it will deteriorate quickly on a store shelf. Probably one of the best bangs for your buck that you can possibly find.