Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Saké - Nigori
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
Nihonshu-do (Sake Meter Value): +3 (neutral to semi-dry); Acidity: 1.6; Seimaibuai: 59% (41% of grain polished away); Rice: Gohyakumangoku. Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori ("Tokubetsu" = "Special"). Aromas of rice and ripe red plums. Bright, mouthwatering acidity leads to a soft and chewy texture from the unfiltered rice particles. The ricey flavor in joined by gentle nutty and slightly fruity flavors in the long finish. Rihaku Shuzo was founded in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture in 1882. Rihaku Shuzo has won sake gold medals in 1982, ’84, ’87, ’88, ’90, ’91, ’95 and ’99. Yearly output at Rihaku is small - 540 kiloliters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2013
A really good Nigori Sake. $12 for the bottle, provides about 6 shots worth of the delicious draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Wow, what a great sake. Fairly sweet on the nose and in the mouth. Flavours range from vanilla to white fleshed fruits, pears and peaches. Finish is dry with little aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Part of a flight at Temple bar in Minneapolis. Another sake much more complex than what I’m used to drinking. Chalky white body with plums and rice on the nose. Sweet rice body with a silky smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Tastes milky and gritty like coconut milk. Semi sweet, with a mild alcohol bite. I really, really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Sampled at The Cellar’s Wine & Spirits wine tasting. An unfiltered sake with a cloudy white beverage that has tiny rice particles. Aroma of slight vinegared rice (sushi rice), some coconut, and sweet pears. Taste is strong alcohol, steamed rice with pear character. Finish is slightly spicey with a smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2007
300 ml bottle served chilled (but drunk over an hour or so) in a very small conical glass, at Asiana House in Burlington, VT, October 15 2007. This was my first sake experience in over 15 years, so I had no idea what to expect, really. I hated the beverage the first couple of times I had it so long ago, and I suspect it was some cheapo brand; this would be something entirely new. It poured just lightly hazy/translucent and virtually colorless, getting almost entirely opaque by the time the bottle was finished....the aroma is absolutely entrancing: peaches and aprictots, a hint of tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango), a bit of vanilla, just exactly potent enough to wow without being overbearing, and no trace of alcoholic harshness, even by the finish....on the tongue, the alcohol is felt certainly but is never oppressive; the flavor is fruity, lightly malty -- I for one can immediately tell that this is a beverage more closely allied to beer than to anything else -- moderately sweet, smooth, with just a bit of pepperiness towards the finish.....quite smooth, slightly thick, unfiltered and still. I loved this at first, though by the end it was just a little fatiguing and a bit too alcoholic; perhaps a smaller dose, drunk colder and quicker, would have impressed more? Still, quite nice, and I now look forward to future experiences....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Had with sushi. Fruity, melons, grainy finish, pears, very nice, creamy texture. This was very good, one of the better sakes I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (1027) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 1, 2009
300 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, watery, milk color. Nice rice and fruit flavor. Rather creamy and slightly sweet. Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Worth buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Cloudy white appearance. The aroma was musty coconut. More complex than other sakes I’ve tried recently, and less clear cut in the flavor profile, though less "big" as well. Smoother, less stinging mouthfeel. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Rated 7/21/07. Served chilled and shaken. Not as much sediment as a typical Nigori. Lightly milky, pearlescent appearance. The aroma is sweet, with rice, pear, plum, and cotton candy. The flavor is sweet, and masks the alcohol quite well. Medium body that goes down ultra smooth. Great with spicy foods. An old standby that is available at many sushi restaurants. Always a safe bet.

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