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Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Saké - Ginjo
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
The aroma is sweet and fruity with rice and alcohol. The appearance is clear. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is watery. Overall it’s good for a sake.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Clear with a yellowish tint. Aroma is not very pronounced, some butter, fruity, maybe raisins or plums. Velvet butter flavor, light honey sweetness. A flavorful sake with almost no alcohol profile. Subtly delicious and refined.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Courtesy of the local Vine Source rep Jason at a tasting. Another almost watery clear sake. Faint sweet fruits in the rice nose. Faint flavor of dark fruits and a smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Sampled at The Cellar’s Wine & Spirits wine tasting. Pours a clear, still (with a touch of golden yellow) beverage. Aroma of some sweet pears, light cotton candy, and well steamed rice. Taste is almost neutal, maybe one click towards the sweet side with flavors of pear and flowers. Finish is semi-sweet, peppery with plenty of alcohol warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rictus (126) - Camdenton, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Crystal clear beige color. Definite alcohol in the nose. Kind of lightly American whiskey smell. No sweetness. Warm alcohol. Grainy taste, very warm. Lightly sweet. Like a jack and water only different. Better than the only other sake I tried. But that was a futsu shu. Good for playing weaboo. But in general I dislike the sake mouthfeel. Though that’s not important.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2006
300mL Bottle: Pours an egg shell clear color, just a vague tint of beige, light rings of bubbles and thin lacing. The nose is a bit grainy with some light cotton candy, anise, rice dust and traces of koji, no alcohol. The flavor has a light impact, a sweet soft acidity and light koji notes that just skip across the palate, never lingering. A light caramel and tappioca note in the end. Nice sake for an import. Clean, fragrant, subtle flavor, very light alcohol presence and low acidity in the tail. Very approachable. Nice light melon and kiwi in the nose as it breathes a bit. I could use a bit more aggression in the nose and a bit more umami overall. I see the puckering thing austinpowers was talking about here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Clear, chilled, with a scent of rice dough. Definitely a "velvet fist" flavour with floral tones over a kick of alcohol. Fabulous.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Clear body with no tinting. Rice and grain aroma. Taste is rather nice, sweet with some light fruit, maybe some dough characteristics coming through. Slight burn on the back of the tongue in the ending.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Served chilled. Clear body. Aroma of sweet rice and alcohol. Sweet floral flavor with some vanilla hints and an alcohol edge.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Purchsed at the local Co op. The body was mostly clear with a slight yellow tint. That almost seemed to be part of my imagination. The aroma was sweet and floral with some strogn alcohol burn. There was also an earthy potting soil type note. The taste was relatively mild with grass and other plant stems. There was also rubbing alcohol in the finish. A little harsh, but still a decent sipper.


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