Brewed by Takasago Shuzo Sake Co.
Style: Saké - Daiginjo
Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 468   ABV: 15.6%
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Nihonshu-do: +3
Seimaibuai: 50%
Notable Facts: Each year, after the temperature drops below 14 fahrenheit, they build an Ice Dome outside near the main kura building. It is basically an igloo inside of which the temperature stays about 28 F, with 90% humidity and no wind The low temperature means "nasty bacteria" cannot survive, and it allows them to make clean, pure, ultra-premium saké. Additionally, they separate the clear saké from the fermenting rice lees not by pressing, but rather by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the saké to drip out slowly overnight, with no pressure at all applied to the mash. The Cadillac of Daiginjo sake is Shizuku-style sake, the equivalent of wine made from free-run juice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
A yellow colored sake. Small pieces of rice. Sweet aroma and sweet flavor, some fruit sweetness I can’t identify. A bit of beef flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
330ml. Tempered aroma of tropical fruit: bananas and coconut oil. Lacks the rice and alcohol intensity that I was hoping for. Pours bright, light gold leaving excellent legs on my Reidel with a gentle swirl. Tropical fruit with some honeydew and cantaloupe notes on the palate. The creamy rice and alcohol is there, but I was hoping for more. Medium to full bodied for a sake. Creamy with a lingering dry yet somehow mildly fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2007
300mL bottle, from State Line Liquors (Elkton, MD). bottle labeled 06.07. Poured clear, slightly yellow, with no head. Nice aroma; sweet rice, wood, flowers, and orange. Flavor is fairly sweet, with rice, melon, flowers, and vanilla. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14196) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Chilled bottle from Party Source. Poured clear straw color with sticky legs. Moderate coconut and melons aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium green apple and rice flavor with a medium dry and warming finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2007
This sake pours w/ a faint tint of greenish yellow. The bouquet is very elegant and refined w/ well integrated aromas of fresh candy fruit, lively perfume, and red licorice. Medium nectar weight and dry w/ a brisk, mildly fruity charcter. Flavors consist of crisp candy fruit, creamy vanilla, buttery kettle korn, and a sort of floral arraingment. Theres a defined alcohol componenet that takes charged in a subtle way and seemingly directs the show gently guiding the ensamble to orchestral proportions. The finish is delightfuly clean w/ a lingering floral fruitiness despite the alcohol present. Overall: this pecimen does not go earthy in any way, shape, or form. It stays fruity and tamed by the director in a beautiful expression of perfection. I have to say that although I do appreciate the process of making this brew I think it is over priced for how it drinks @ $35 per 300ml.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Pretty light straw colored pour. Nose is rather closed, just a few hints of rice and a haunting almost minty-melon aroma. Flavor has a nice hint of acidity and it has a super-smooth palate that almost totally conceals the alcohol except for a tingling at the sides of the tongue and a warming as it goes down the esophagus. Very light yet profound taste. Almost more of a sensation than a flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2007
The aroma is basically just rice and alcohol. The appearance is clear yellow. The flavor is like the aroma and on the dry side. The palate is thin and not too oily. I guess you could say this is pure sake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 my first dai-ginjo. the aroma is very mild with flavor floral and slight grass. palate is very soft, not oily with flavors of vanilla and peppery overtones. alcohol is hidden very well. A real treat to have

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
Less information or experience means more subjective rating. By way of disclaimer, I mean to say that I have no idea how to rate sake. The impressions below are purely my subjective impressions. My overall subjective impression is that I haven’t acquired this taste yet (i.e., I didn’t enjoy it all that much). Smelled like a sharp pinot grigio, with alcohol aparent through the fresh acidity. Looked clear as water with no carbonation. Smooth, thick and warming in the mouth, without any alcohol bite (amazing for this strength of beverage). The finish was dry and herbal, and probably my favortie part of the experience. The bulk of the flavor was just kind of...bleh. I don’t know if it was soy, but I didn’t like it. I wrote down that it was "salty" with "low lactic sweetness," but those were accents to the general "sake" flavor. Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to Springslicker for bringing it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2007
300 ml bottle. I want to thank austinpowers for giving me some pointers about this sake and allowing me to taste this without being completely uninformed. Poured mostly clear but with the subtlest yellow tinge. Very subtle but complex aroma of butterscotch, light fruits, a bit of alcohol. Flavor is very subtle, but upon intense reflection contains notes of vanilla, strawberries, perhaps a bit of apple. This is some alcohol warmth to the swallow, but almost no burn in the flavor. The finish starts out with a bit of a salty dryness but warms up to a rather sweet mustiness. Very easy to drink. This is definitely a drink that opens up more to you the more you reflect upon it. This was a true test of my tasting abilities. If the goal here was subtle complexity wtih little alcohol presence, then I’d say the goal has been achieved. I’m not sure yet if I’m completely sold on sake, but I’m happy to have been able to see what the best has to offer.

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