tiggmtl (4521) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite sweet and lightly fruity with some mild spice notes in the gentle aroma. Clear, fizzy, sparkling body is rather pale in colour. Flavour offers more than the aroma suggests - sweet light and fruity up front with some underlying earthy quality and spice in the finish. Alcohol is subtly notable especially in the long aftertaste. Very refreshing with excelent carbonation that clears the palate for the next sip. Paired well with salmon tuna and sashimi for me. Bottle purchased at the studio on Granville Island.
JoeMcPhee (7671) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very pale straw-coloured pour. The nose is like tapioca topped with white pepper. Subtly sweet with a touch of light sweet rice flour. A lovely savoury koji character. Very light carbonation - soft and sweet with a little bit of soft peppery character. Light fruit and melon. Clean and lovely.
BückDich (5466) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Light beige color with a fizzy but non-retentive head. The nose is light and fruity, very subtle for a sake, usually you expect a little fruitiness or earthy qualities on one side or the other. This was just vague and light in the nose department, even knowing it was a full strength carbonated sake, which is rare. The flavor has a nice sweet snap along with the carbonation and alcohol components. Missing some umami, but the acidity is low and it has a nice impact and finish that makes it remarkably drinkable. I’m surprised such a new and small sake brewery can control its rice and koji this well. It’s very clean, but I think this sake is a good example of why adding brewer’s alcohol is not always a bad thing.