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Tozai Well of Wisdom Honjozo Sake

Brewed by Daimon (Sakahan) Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Style: Sakť - Honjozo
Katano-shi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
Crafted with pure natural spring water from this family brewery nestled at the base of Osaka's scenic Ikoma mountains.
Seimaibuai: 65%
Nihonshu-do: +5.5
Acidity 1.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 30, 2015
This bottled Sake from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy medium sized clear colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent clear colored body and no lacing. The mild aroma was nail polish. The vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering vinous aftertaste. The OK flavor contained notes of semi-sweet nail polish plastic and vinous alcohol. An OK sake just nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Very mild, honeydew and nail polish. Crystal clear. Clean koji flavor, subtle violet and plum accents, honey dew base. Alcohol pretty well masked for a sake. Complexities without assaulting the palate. Could use a bit more oomphf.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkSanta410 (733) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle served chilled. Clear, white wine like appearance. Aroma of white wine. Not sure what Iím tasting here. Tastes like apple juice / white wine. Palate is thin, slight alcohol burn. Not sure about this saki stuff. Iíll stick to beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
750ml bottle, served chilled. Nearly colorless, translucent body. Just a slight hue of yellow. Pretty nice, ricey, more potent aroma. Like rice pudding. Medium-plus body, a relatively light body compared to beer of this strength. No carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, some alcohol warmth. Iíve never been much of a sake aficionado, but this seems like one of the finer sakes Iíve tasted (and my first honjozo). A delicate, well-integrated flavor, with a nice rice pudding finish. Sweet, but not cloying, with a good lighter body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. No head (still). Body is light yellow. Aroma is notes of grain/rice, alcohol, mold, light note of melon rind. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/silky texture, no carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Overall ordinary. More color than most. Very plain, typical sake aroma of wet rice and old moldy shoes. Decent flavor balance. It just doesnít stand out in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Well of Wisdom
Brewery: Sake
Date: November 03, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: 5 Seasons Sake Dinner
Appearance: clear, viscous with legs
Aroma: sweet aroma, hint of vanilla, touch of fruityness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, light acidity
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Clear and still. slightly squash-like and marzipan nose. hard palate, bitter alcohol finish...tingly funky bite at the onset but settles into a nicely complex nutty aftertaste...though still a bit hot and lingering. Certainly NOT clean and smooth yet pleasantly complex at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle: Pours a golden hue with a light greenish essence through the light. Nice quaint legs and a sturdy looking body. The nose is dry with a smug light koji note and some faint butter and almond notes. The flavor has nearly no alcohol impact with a light doughy mouthfeel, some butter and banana notes with light melon and maple. Not that clean, but not dry and harsh with the koji like most. Very light alcohol bite too. Nice honjozo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2008
720 ml bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (February 2008) served chilled from a White Winter Winery glass. Pale yellow-gold, clear and still; like a very light white wine....lovely mild coconut-almond, vaguely ricey nose, no alcohol detected at first, faint floral notes....the body is moderately sweet, lightly alcoholic, becoming semi-dry and lightly bitter/harsh at the finish; a touch buttery-cookieish, just a bit syrupy....very full and perhaps even "heavy", a bit much to make drinking a whole bottle feasable, but on the whole a pretty decent sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
The aroma has anise, coconut, rice, and alcohol. The appearance is clear. The flavor is like the aroma with a strong alcohol presence. The palate is watery. Overall itís warming and yet cool.

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