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Brewed by Ozeki Co. (Japan)
Style: Sakť - Daiginjo
Nishinomiya, HYOGO Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Worthy of the name of Ozeki's founder. This is special Daiginjo sake. Full-bodied, with a rich bouquet, yet has a refined, drinkable flavor that holds up. Its rice is highly polished and carefully fermented at a low temperature.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19797) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2013
Bottled, at Hotel Mulia, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. Pale yellow, somewhat viscous. Fruity aniseed aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and oily mouthfeel. Dough, milk chocolate, honey and white pepper. Licorice in a finish with some heat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 7, 2010
"One Cup Daiginjo" glass cup with rip-off top. .Clear water colour. Fruity alco aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweetish rice fruity flavour, some alcohol. Nice warming.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8012) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2006
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...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7954) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2012
300 ml bottle thanks to deft! Sampled on December 15, 2012. Tried cold.
Almost water colored, clear. No head. Sweet, fruity, pear, alcphol, wood scent. A bit sweet, perfume, alcohol, clean taste. Medium mouthfeel, sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours clear. Smells of sweet melon, moderate booziness, some strawberry undertones. Wonderful nose. Tastes on the sightly sweet/boozy end of the spectrum with some subtle, light fruity undertones on the finish. Very boozy at the end. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4647) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2013
From a Cardboard box: Served in a porcelin cup. Mention of 14.5%ABV. Clear as water (as it looked from the darkened porcelin cup). Aroma is a nice rice and grainy mix with some cream and dust, liquor/alcohol and a bit of a nail polish remover touch to it, just a tiny teeny bit. The flavour was really soft. Nothing extraordinary, but a well balanced real rice tasting drink. Very soft and smooth, rice set the tone, some yeast/dust, cream, oily, slight hint of alcohol, and the slightest tone of nail polish removal (specially in the aroma and way less in the flavour). No carbo, soft creamy oily texture, medium to lightly fuller bodied and a oily texture. Very nice and smooth!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2007
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle at Hachiís Kitchen in Chicago. Pours very clear with maybe a hint of fog at the edge. The nose is clean with notes of rose and honeydew, clean white rice. No alcohol is apparent in the nose. There is a slight musty note, I assume that to be the koji. On taste, very full body with more of the floral and fruit notes. Cherry blossom and more melon and cucumber. Light alcohol notes that make you think they are going to push it over the edge but donít. Clean finish that sits with more melon. Pretty fantastic stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2667) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
Clear pour with hint of yellow. Yeast, rice fruity aroma. Dry, yeasty, banana taste with dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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