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Sho Chiku Bai (Pine Bamboo Plum) Premium Ginjo Sake

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Sho Chiku Bai means "Pine Bamboo Plum". Ginjo is a special reserve connoisseur class of sake. Most sakes are brewed with rice that has been milled 30%. For our Ginjo we use rice that is polished over 50%. Additionally, we use a special strain of yeast that allows for fermentation at a cooler temperature. The result of the slower, longer process is a silky-smooth, rich and fruity flavor. Known as "The Frosty Bottle", one of the top selling Ginjyo Sake in the U.S.. Kosher Certified.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 330ml ][ Warii Sushi Oceanside ][ $11 ][ Mini Sake Tumbler ][ 2.14.15 ]
>> Pours flat, clear, looks like water. Aroma is very muted like rose water. Taste is quite nice with no alcohol heat, some pineapple, sweet strawberry, rose water. Neutral, lightning quick finish. Refreshing and great for pairing with sushi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle shared by wife’s friend. Aroma of light vodka, paint thinner, rice, and vanilla. Pours clear with nice clarity but no carb. Taste is vanilla, rice, sugar cane, and a bitter vodka finish. Pretty easy drink but some off-putting alcohol notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8121) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2014
Ever so faint lemon-yellow reflection in utterly clear liquid. Bit fruity, also rosewater and... plum? Or is that the name suggesting? Benzene is there, but way less than the Japanese sakes tasted so far. Subtle, no doubt, but maybe a tad characterless. Sweetish, and a strange, plastic-like, nearly artificial flavour. Again very restrained, maybe too characterles; Again a stonefruit impression, if very faint. Serious alcoholwarming, throatburn, despite the velvety, indeed silky MF. Ill never turn into a sake geek, but I could drink this happily with a good Japanese meal. BTW, I know a very good one in Brugge....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1343) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2014
First sake, so I have no idea what this should be like, but here goes... Clear and colorless, with pretty good legs on the side of the glass. The aroma is green apples, juniper, caramel, and corn syrup. Mild, fruity sweetness, and a herbal bitterness. Fairly thick body, smooth, but with a vegetal feel, slightly grainy, and fairly astringent. There’s a relatively significant alcohol warming through the finish. Overall, this is a fun and flavorful drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (994) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Yeah it’s plummy alright - easy to drink, light, almost no bitterness, but definite sake taste. It doesn’t have a telltale alcoholic or bitter taste, so it’ll sneak up on you! A little sweet/fruity. Pleasant. Recommended for under $10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2289) - SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2013
My first sake rating... Pours clear crystal, lightly hazy. Fruity aroma with some rice. Taste is dry and balanced sweet. Body is light, dry and fresh. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1530) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle - crystal clear color, mildly sweet fruity aroma and flavor with a dry finish, a little alcohol down the back of the throat at the end too ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ilovedarkbeer (2373) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a clear color. Mouthfeel is smooth as water. Flavor profile is simple. Some rice some koji and a little bit of sweet licorice. Not offensive but far too simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 30, 2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6498) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2012
4/8/12. 300mL bottle. Super clear pour, maybe just a tinge of yellow-ish in there, but mostly very clear. Loose, thin legs that take forever to develop. Sweet rice pudding aroma with touches of marshmallow and a big alcohol aspect. It’s like rice pudding mixed with vodka. Sweet rice pudding and marshmallow flavor as well, again with a big alcohol kick. Thin body. It’s not as bad as I was expecting, honestly.

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