finn1918 (189) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bought this on a cruise because it was $9 in a world where a Bud Light costs $7. Pours slightly yellow, like urine if you’re fairly well hydrated. Aroma is cheap vodka, sour grapes, and rice water. Taste is abysmally bad when chilled, blandly harsh when room temperature, and barely okay to swallow when warmed. When warmed, tastes like apple juice mixed with the water left over after cooking rice... plus some Popov-grade vodka. My wife would have nothing to do with it, and I don’t rember how I finished the bottle. For the price, I guess this is good if you like sake, but I learned the hard way that I do not. This is better than Gekkeikan, at least.
Erzengel (1738) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale to slightly silver in the glass, very fruity nose. The Saké starts mild, hints of alcohol, slightly watery. Pears, green apples, smooth. The aftertaste is medium, very fruity-smooth, slightly watery, hints of alcohol.
Nice easily drinking Saké. Not too much aroma, but smooth and elegant. --> 12/12/11/12
omhper (18765) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, from Super Joseth, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Clear and colourless. Peppery licorice aroma. Mid sweet with some pear juice, grains and salmiak. Mild peppery heat in the finish. Not that complex.
bpreo (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly strong. The alcohol in this sake will creep up on you. Very good.
MichaelAwesome (2790) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. Decent Sake with a big hint of alcohol and some dullness in the taste. Though a nice with some aromas of plums, peaches and sugar. Drinkable one but in that moment I would have prefered a bit more of carbo.
McTapps (2799) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out in a light vanilla colour with medium body. Nose of sweet rice and green apples. Taste of aromatic yasemine basmati rice, peaches, flowers and perfume. Quite watery feeling, not as good as other premium Sakes, but drinkable and nice.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
well- its in every asian place that sells sake. .. light melon and rice, good burn .. . an alright sake, nothing crazy .. . . no yoga pants!?! and just when they are trying to take our assault rifles!??!
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Little bottle @ Sushi restaurant in Antwerp, courtesy of Tosh. Very light yellow hinted coloured sake. Rather fruity almost peary hinted aroma. Full palate. Very fruit sweet hinted finish, hint of alcohol but only in the back. Very mild fruity sake.
Fratto (2510) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Labeled as Premium Junmai. No head, no color. Aroma is spring roll wrap. Taste is alcohol and grapes? Thin, watery finish.
Cavie (3634) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Clear as water. Aroma is papery, rice and alcohol. Flavor is dry, rice, slightly sweet with a big alcohol burn. Burning finish.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - FEB 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Called "Classic Junmai" with a gold label. Fairly dry when served hot, and a bit of mellow fruity flavor at room temperature. Good for an inexpensive, California-brewed sake - I’ve certainly had worse. Unfortunately there seems to be little midrange in sake prices - it is either the cheap stuff, like this or Gekkeikan, or it is out of my price range. This was a good deal, even tho I did not really care for it when it was heated up.