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Tozai Snow Maiden Junmai Nigori Sake

Brewed by Kizakura Sake Brewing Co. Ltd.
Style: Saké - Nigori
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
Seimaibuai: 70%
Nihonshu-do: +1
Acidity: 1.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4593) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2016
(Bouteille facilement trouvable en Californie): Trčs floral, noix de coco et cantaloupe fraiche. Crémeux mais ’’clumpy’’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5488) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Airplane glue and koji nose, sweet melon accents. Opaque milky white. Koji, cantaloupe, less volatile. Full body, velvety and filmy mouthfeel. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a nigori, but this wasn’t bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2016
Tasted at the brewery. Milky, dry . Has a fruity character. Interesting, drier nigori.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (1008) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 30, 2016
300 ml bottle. Pours a milk white. Taste is of rice, fruit, honey and melon. Clean aroma. Has a full body, slightly chalky from the rice, with a sweet melon finish. Doesn’t have the alcohol burn some sake’s have. Very enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Nice light sake. Aroma was good. Alcohol, rice and notes of pear and apple, though very faint. Pour was a cloudy white with some sediment. Taste was light, crisp and refreshing. Light rice and pear with hints of apple and apricot. No alcohol burn. Wet and somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Sample at Kyoto in SLC
Cloudy white. Aroma is fruity and rice. Creamy mouthfeel, fruit and pear
Nice, smooth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6542) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Sampled from a 750 ml bottle this sake poured a pale milky color. Only a mild level of viscosity with lots of particulates left behind. The aroma is creamed rice and a hint of perfume. The flavor has a pronounced alcohol bite with noted astringency followed by rice, vodka, soap, perfume and a hint of pepper. Medium length finish of astringent alcohol and rice. Medium bodied though slick in a way that seems watery. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11974) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours milky, cloudy white, translucent. Aroma is sweet rice, soft fruits, and spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet rice, bright with soft pear notes, and lightly peppery alcohol. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (7965) - Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with ther Mrs.). Looks good for a nigori; a still, cloudy, skim milky off-white. Smells solid; alcohol and creme. Tastes like it smells, but slightly less robust. Smooth on the palate. An enjoyable sake.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inebelation (4) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2013 does not count
Not sure why I’m going so hard against the grain again with this particular brand, but I couldn’t stand this nigori. The appearance was off...almost like the milky rice particles were too large and kept falling out of slurry. It didn’t look creamy for more than 30 seconds. The taste was like a sweeter version of Tozai’s Living Jewel, which I didn’t like because it reminded me of a cleaning fluid with an artificial lemon scent. The palate was too thin for a nigori. Instead of making the palate creamy, the unfiltered rice powder kept feeling like rice flakes that formed a mush and made my teeth try stick together. Probably the worst sake I’ve had excluding futsu shu style.

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