jonno (2616) - JAPAN - DEC 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastically well balanced light sake. If you told me this was 8 or 9% alc. I would believe you. Melon fruit, lychee, musk, orange rind, green apples, semi dry finish. Rich. I have had better Daiginjos but aside from that sub style this is about as good as I have had.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large format bottle pour into wine glass taster at Asano, Umeda, Osaka. Shared with biggirlpanties and KyotoLefty. Metallic blue calligraphy on white label, green glass. New bottle design or perhaps this is the Japanese bottle design.
Clear water pour as expected, big legs. Softer aroma with moderate flowers and herbs. Taste begins hot, moves to spices and herbs. Mouthfeel is medium body but silky. Quick finish, no warming alcohol lingers. Definitely solid, but I much preferred the other sakes from this shuzouten.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a glassy yellow tinted body. Flavors are quite strong... in fact very forward. Cantaloupe and honeydew melon with a light starfruit. Aroma has minerality and melon. Medium body.
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with my wife. Pours a clear yellow. Melon with a touch of banana and strawberries on the nose, warm rice. Medium bodied, big alcohol hits right away, warming and spicy. Rice on the finish, more fruity banana and yeast, then more warming lingering alcohol.
jredmond (7861) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan courtesy of Andrew, thanks Ellen. Pours a clear body with faint cloudy color and no lacing or bubbles. Aroma is full of fruits - strawberries, melon and peach, in addition to some floral tones and light alcohol character. Mouthfeel is a touch boozy upfront with notes of strawberry and peach following. Additional flavors include light flowers, grass, sweet rice wine and light fruity yeast.
KyotoLefty (9640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
720 ml bottle. Limited release nama version. fruity, slightly dusty ginjoka nose. Pears, apples, light banana. Clear, slightly icy and oily. Fruity fruity and rich. Melon, peach, light banana, pear. Drying alcohol heat in the finish balances the moderate sweetness. Full and smooth, though not heavy at all. Very nice. Interesting, dry, ethereal flavors coming out as well. Can’t put my finger on it, but very original.
jbeatty (1245) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Zenkichi in Brooklyn, 05/05/2013. Light, off-clear pour. Aroma is rice, peach and strawberry as advertised, sweet clean finish. Taste is clean rice, light fruity tanginess, touch of sour, sake yeast. Medium light palate, smooth finish. Nice, straightforward.
asg123 (7) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Incredible and still reasonable, tastes incredibly similar to the highly award winning/transcendental life changing batch of Dassai 23;
It’s got a little more after burn, strong hints of pineapple, Delicious, ambrosia is incredible. A+
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear and still with some nice legs on the glass. Smells of rice, strawberries, some fruity hints, touches of honey. Tastes sweet/dry with some nice fruity undertones and a hint of pears on the finish. Enjoyable.
degbert (1740) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Asian pear, white pepper, floral notes, and a very faint lactic or yogurty edge on the nose. Very light gold. Mostly dry, with juniper and herbal notes; it reminded me of gin at the front of the palate. Finish dries quickly and cleanly. Would make a great aperitif.