Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is clear with faint yellow highlights...smell is alcohol and very floral notes...taste is very dry and alcoholic...hints of earth and rice...
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Imagine my surprise finding a Daiginjo in a One Cup style! Not sure what to make of this one, not much aroma, alcohol, some koji & almonds. Has a slight sweetness up front but finishes with an interesting dry buttery feel. Better than any other ďcup sakeĒ Iíve had but not even close to the Ji-zake Iíve come to love.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2006 Total Score: 3.2
Clear colorless sake. Koji, fruit and a mild alcohol scent, a lightly scented sake, not overpowering. A mild sweetness up front with koji and almonds followed by a cedary alcohol as it warms in the mouth. Light body, the added alcohol is evident but not unpleasant. For those that appreciate simplicity, you would appreciate the delicate subtle flavors. Not bad, just doesnít knock my socks off.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass @ "Asian Pillow" near Kabukicho - Clear color, nice legs, some fruity pear and anise notes along with the usual kome and light ripe koji. The flavor is smooth, lightly buttery with a general smooth and puffy mouthfeel. Finishes clean and floral. Light impact and long tail. Excellent.
joet (2333) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mine came in a blue bottle and just read "dai ginjo" -- not sure if it was the same thing. One of the most pleasant sakes Iíve had. Pured clear with no haze. Seemingly very light bodied. Most apparent are pine aromas probably from the pine box. Subtle fruit aromas of honeydew. Little to no detectable alcohol despite the bottle reading 16%. Little bite r after taste even when taken in a large gulp.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My bottle was listed as "Ozeki Daiginjo" on the menu and was in Japanese lettering, so I donít know what it was called. I drank it on 8/25/07 at Fugakyu.
Clear with moderate legs, moderate retention. No chill haze.
Some fruit and nuts in the nose (nectarines, almonds) are somewhat delicate, but that pesky coconut note is right there with it, as is an amount of alcohol vapor that seems far more apparent here than in the only other Daiginjo Iíve had. Medium strength of aroma, just not really crisp, heady or elegant. Weighed down by too much alcohol and bland rice and coconut notes.
Melons, coconuts and light butteriness are all apparent in the background. Alcohol is not terribly pervasive in the flavor, and there are some fruit notes that are pleasant, but itís just no match for others in its class and even some ginjos that Iíve had. Medium-dry, with a bit too strong of a texture (nutty, rice-hull blandness), IMHO.
ldr514 (10) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cool, refreshing sake, with a spicy aroma, full-bodied, sweet, fruity taste. Balanced with a medium finish. Very accessible, not highly complex.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours crystal clear. As I tilt the glass and pull back it leaves a defined residual deposit of nectar called "legs" around the side of the glass. The nectar sits there suspended and then finally starts to drip. This is indicitive of the weight of the nectar. For sake, this is about medium to full nectar weight. The aroma is clean and semi fruty with a slight fresh astringentcy. Fleshy flavors accompanied by butter are very delicate w/ a slight fruitiness. Finish is long and dry leaving a medium thick coat of butter on the palate. A well made sake.
JorisPPattyn (8246) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted out of a cup, chilled. Fully clear. Stale nut oil, faint rosewater, spike of grapefruit peel, but always returning to this sharp, oily nose of leftover nutmix. Soft sweetish taste, only vague flavour reminiscencies, every sip going into a sharp alcoholtaste. Hints of flavours as from Thai-typed perfumed rice. Retronasal flowery aromas, and some nutty ones. Imagine sweet pistacchioís? Serious alcoholburn, very smooth, oily texture. Very strange effluence of aromas and flavours. The first stale nuts impression is a knock-off, but in the taste, all components blend much more harmoniously together. Just something Iím not used to... I try, being admonished by BŁck Dich to be humble towards the efforts of the sake Braumeisters. One question, however. Is sake prone to lightstroke? The bottle is even worse in reality as on the picture...
Earlier Rating: 6/27/2005 Total Score: 3.3
The Belgian importer calls this OZEKI CHO TOKUSEN DAIGINJO [Transparent, drunk from a cup.] As more or less expected, sherry nose. However, this is the first sake tasted that smells of GOOD sherry, instead of watered-down second rate sherry. Also a nose of ripe pears (Nashi?) and a bit of lytchee fruit. Rather sweet, fruity taste, which reminds me again of lytchee sap, watered down. The sherry connection is all but gone, except for every new sip when a wood-fermented sherry aroma leaps up. Creeping up, but gradually very apparent alcoholwarming. Warming up, the aftertaste becomes true liquorice. Drank this chilled, as the website allowed me, and respectfully from a low cup. Meanwhile, Iím very well aware all but the crudest of distinctions in sake are still escaping me. I used to think of this drink as poor quality, diluted sherry served lukewarm to add to the horror...