Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Sakť - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Remarkably strong aroma, very perfumey! Nice. Strong flavor, as well, with lots of candyish body, and some light butteriness. Definitely a more flavorful Ginjo with some astringency. Iím looking for the famed Shimane Prefecture tartness, written about by John Gauntner in The Sake Handbook, and can perhaps taste what heís talking about because I see a considerable amount of mouth-puckering acidity here. Most importantly to me, the alcohol burn is very subdued. Almost as good as the Ohtouka, but they arenít really all that comparable: different types of sake entirely with Rihaku being quite aromatic, distinctive and enjoyable, with very little burn. Like Rihaku himself, I now feel a poem coming on...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Nice clear water color.Kind of a mild over ripe fruit aroma with just a faint hint of alcohol.The flavor is very light with just a faint fruit flavor of maybe plum with the alcohol coming on only mildly towards the end,and maybe just a swift quick bite at the end.I think i could drink this stuff all day if it werenít for the ABV. sneaking up on me later.Very nicely light flavored Sake that is easy to drink.Thanks go to Flipbrewer for sending another fine brew my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2004
My first Sake. I sampled this one starting at refrigerator temperature and let it warm. This pours a crystal clear light shade of pewter. The aroma is sweet and almosty fruity with a distilled spirits hint to the aroma. More honey notes in the aroma as it warms. The flavor is nice and hard to describe. I almost taste a honey quality, Vodka, and a lingering saltiness and as it warms, some funky - but nice, flavor that reminds me of the sea (sort of like an Islay malt). All very rounded and mild, blended, smooth, lingering... A very complex beverage. Wow, pretty cool. Thanks Ryan at Cellarís!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Very unique melon aroma, with cantaloupe notes. Flavor is very nice and balanced, full flavored and has nice purity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2838) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21637) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2004
This is a good Ginjo Sake. Earthy, alcohol, and some fruit (plum) flavor. Finishes smooth, clean, and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
And my sake cherry is popped. Got this at the Pioneer Coop. 300mL bottle. Pours clear. Aroma is very sweet with a very light fruit essence (i know that sounds dumb but thatís how Iím saying it). Taste is plums and alcohol, also very sweet. Plenty of alcohol burn noted. Very smooth, full bodied. Like I said, itís my first sake. If most sakes taste like this, I think Iíll be a fan. Iím not too big a fan of wine though, so sake is a pleasant surprise.

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