GoufCustom (1916) - HONG KONG - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
300ml bottle bought at Tandron Spirits International’s booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during HKTDC Food Expo 2014.
Clear, almost colourless with very faint yellow hue; Fragrant and sweet aroma of glutinous rice wine, with light pear flesh, strong pollen, light peaches, sugar, light alcohol and sweet rice soup; Close to medium sweet taste of rice wine, with fairly sharp alcohol, light pear flesh, strong molasses, strong liquorices and bitterness; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is fairly dry and quite thin in body, not as rich nor gooey-ricey as other Namasakés. The peary ester is also notably lighter. The 14.5% booze is the very well hidden - neither warm, harsh tasting, nor potent, almost like those of 8% Belgian Ales. Amazing! The liquorices-like bitterness is also very potent and mixes well with the sweetness. Simple but nice!... Fairly dry after taste; Easy and nicely sweet-bitter to mouth.
Comments: For a Namasaké, this is decently made - fair dry palate, excellent hidden booze and pretty restrained sweetness and good bitterness. On the other hand, its body is on the thin side, and the fruity aroma and tastes are notably low. It certainly can’t beat Nihon Sakari’s Shibotte Saisho no Umai Saké, but it’s only a few steps away from being well-rounded. Highly drinkable by the way.
kraddel (7496) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
drank as ’ namachozo ’ sake ( sa me label as picture ) no ( readable ? ) sign of the abv . yes, sake names are always fun to track down .. bought at sun wah ( antwerp ) pours just like water smell is pretty intence boozy , sweetness from the alcohol, i assume . taste is rather wattery ( as mouthfeel) yet vry dry in the back . bozzy, sugary, sweet, some kind of bite to it . its sliding in to the mouth as some kind of ’thick water’ . you dont taste much, but its less thin than watter. taste comes at the back ..