ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
275mL bottle at Oishii on 11/17/07
Clear, white liquid is still, leaving some legs on the glass, though very thin.
Nose is very grainy, with some fusels and/or other such high alcohols. Papery and with plenty of husky/pulpy blandness. Kind of smells a little like a vodka. Fruits are quick to disperse and quite sharp, with unripened nectarine and vanillin dominating.
Flavor is chalk full of unwanted alcohols. Really surprising that a ginjo would show this much "cheap" alcohol apparency, but here it is. Appley/papery and just terribly underwhelming. Very dry. Not much redeeming quality. I guess it just goes to show that it’s not always about how much the rice is polished, but there must be a lot to do with the fermentation. Neutral palate, neither heavy nor light (though the alcohol really strips the palate on the finish).
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at Sushi Den, Denver. clean nose of rice paper (think raw spring rol wraps), pear esters and alcohol. clean taste as well with strong alcohol (I’d guess 17-18%), lightly sweet with mild pear esters and rice (of course). medium body with a syrupy texture and lingering oily alcohol coating the mouth. decent but doesn’t wow me at all.
Palidor19 (3128) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
palate is thin and slightly oily, aroma is harsh with strong alcohol presence. taste is common with rice and adjunct. best for the quick buzz
egajdzis (5868) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured clear, with a light yellow tint. Aroma of green apple and alcohol. Taste was dry, with some vanilla, and a strong alcohol presense.