Harushika (Spring Deer) Tokimeki Happo Junmai Sake

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Brewed by Imanishi Co.,Ltd.
Style: Saké - Junmai
Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 4.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
日本の名: 春鹿 発泡性純米酒 ときめき
Rice: 日本晴 (Nihonbare)
Nihonshu-do: -80
Seimaibuai: 70%
Sweet and sparkling.

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Oakes (19027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
Very sweet, dessertlike, has a light ricey, slightly floral character, accented by the fizziness.

lebermilz (300) - GERMANY - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle at the brewery. Unfiltered, so it’s opaque, but no bigger depot like in Nigorizake. Cedarwood, fermenting must, maybe a hint of elderflower, some volatile acids. Slightly sparkling, sweet, but not too sweet, nice acidity. Also some volatile acids. By the taste I would guess this is not carbonated, but was bottled just before the fermentation ended. The cloudiness underlines that. This is an extremely good Sparkling Sake!

booweiss (1) - - APR 10, 2012 does not count
Most enjoyable sake I’ve ever had. It was paired with the first course of a tasting menu at Coi in San Francisco, and was the most memorable wine of the evening. Bubbly, sweet and very easy to drink.

thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2010
This green bottled sake from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of frothy milky white colored fine to large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation and a slightly hazy light milky white colored body and no lacing. The nice champagne like aroma was of sweet rice. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mediumly tingly finish with a medium milky sweet aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of sweet vinous rice. A surprisingly delicious sake and one I would certainly buy again.

ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle at Oishii on 11/17/07 (not sure the size, probably around 300mL).
Lightly cloudy as it gets to the bottom of the bottle, with obvious sediment on the bottom (though it does not cover the bottom). I did not mix it in and only let some get in at the end. A softly yellow-tinted white but without too much effervescence. It’s not like it has a head or anything (though a quick ring of bubbles perks up while pouring). Carbonation, furthermore, comes out of solution very quickly and it is closer to still than carbonated by the end of the bottle.
Anyways, I don’t think it’s incredibly sweet and sprite tasting, rather, it’s certainly a sweet sake so in a relative sense, this is incredibly sweet. But it’s not like lindemans framboise sweet, or something of that degree. Not nearly as sweet as the kioshu dessert sakes.
What it is, is deliciously full of tangerine, melon, lemon and herbal qualities. Both in nose and in flavor, with a distinct, though not strong zip on the finish, from the carbonation (which despite being very low, is quite tight). The carbonation really does help with the sweetness and it remains a very, very drinkable sake, with no sign of alcohol or flaw. Some light pineapple and vanilla creaminess develop as it warms and breathes. Soft, silky and full bodied. Absolutely marvelous!

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
At 6.5% abv, this is a good sake to start people off with. Very, very low alcohol. It’s also considered to be a fine example of sake brewing. One of my all time favorites - it’s incredibly sweet and tastes like drinking a Sprite. Utterly delicious if you like that sort of thing. Sparkling, which is really unusual - I think I’ve only ever had 3 sparkling sakes, and the other two weren’t quite my thing.

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