BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
300mL Bottle: Pours a clear egg shell tinge of white color with nice legs and a bit of frostiness. The nose is sweet and pungent with anise, apricot and wonderful umami laden wildflowers. The melon and kiwi notes on their own are abound and abundant. Wonderful nose. The flavor is very balanced. Nice sweet character despite the +4 nihonshu-do. Light mineral and alcohol in the mouthfeel but very subtle. The finish is a bit tangy and the tail is long and whimsical. Awesome sake, tons of umami, wonderful smells, perfect mouthfeel and finish and very little alcohol notes. Top notch! Arigato gozaimasu Dan-san!
IslandHaole (1229) - Misawa, JAPAN - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A touch of straw color in this otherwise crystal clear sake. Slight pear scent and a trace of black licorice in the nose. Sweet, light and a bit fruity up front but leave this swishing lightly over your tounge to warm it and the depth of the flavor shows its true colors, almonds and a light kiss of citrus with a tart follow and a warming finish. Quite a tasty Ji-Sake!