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Rihaku (Wandering Poet) Junmai Ginjo Chotokusen Sake

Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Saké - Ginjo
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Seimaibuai: 55%
As legend has it, the famed poet Rihaku would drink an entire bottle of sake and then proceed to write dozens of poems. Rihaku Shuzo makes no representations or warranties as to your poetry-writing abilities while under the influence of this beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2016
300ml bottle->guinomi. Chilled. Clear flat slightly yellow/green. A: rice, hints of apple, orange, alcohol. Nice. T: smooth apple peel, rice, bittersweet. Like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2016
(Un verre ŕ Biwa Restaurant Portland): Lait de coco, floralité volatile et émulsion de riz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Yellowish tint, clear. Floral and fruity aroma. Taste has overripe tropical fruit, dry finish. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6669) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pour at Yamaguchi’s. Clear body. Peach and melon. Alcohol present in finish. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5716) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Mild koji nose. Crystal clear. Dry, warm, cantaloupe and koji flavor. Pairs extremelyu well with pickled ginger. No off flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Had with a sushi dinner. Fruity, soft sweetness, floral, slight perfume, no heat from the alcohol, clean. My favorite out of the six we sampled tonight. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
bottle dated April 2012.
clear white grape juice appearance. clean pear / apple-focused nose with light touches of banana bubble gum. slick, oily, medium-light body. lingering warmth from alcohol with medium-low acid. slightly truffle-like as it breathes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012
Chi piů chi meno i sakč sono bevande ottime da provare!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3297) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
Full sweet rice aroma. Appearance is clear, slightly yellow. The taste was underwhelming at first, but then I picked up some subtle sweetness here. Quite smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7362) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. No head (still). Body is nearly colorless (faint hint of yellow). Aroma is notes of honeydew melon, oak, cedar, orange flowers, lemon zest, honey, grain/rice, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/silky texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Ok, now this I like. The aroma is alive with floral and fruity notes, quite attractive. Pretty clean and well balanced in the mouth...a bit on the sweet side but plenty of acidity. Quite good, especially in the nose.

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