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: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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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hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to CaptainCouger for bringing a bottle of this expensive little gem. The third sake in a row. Aroma of bright vanilla, nutty hazelnut and a hint of chocolate, very perfume-y with a hint of melons in there also. Clear as water with some tall and thick legs. Again that alcohol burn but quickly the flavor takes over with lots of vanilla and some chcolate and some peppery notes. Finish lasts for a long time. Fuller bodied with a nice and creamy feel.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle ala CaptainCougar at the Milwaukee/Tosa Yeha. Very bright and clear with firm tall legs. A much fruitier aroma with light pear. Really ripe to the point of rotting melon also in the aroma. Fruits, herbs and spice seem to play in the flavor. Quite nice. Mild burn in the finish. Likely one of the better sakes I have had, but as Mike says "I’m far from an expert".

StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Clear water-esque appearance with thick slug-like legs trickling down the glass. Rose leafs and ripely squeezed honey add an interesting dimension to the melba toast. Subtle accent of strawberry scented plastic toys. Dynamic flavor and palate presence, unfortunately reminiscent of paint thinner and nail polish remover. Thanks for sharing this with the group, CaptainCougar!

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Divine droplets Clear nice legs Very light aroma some sweetness light rice & berry smells very pleasant. Pal is well coated feels light and airy. Flavor has a warm finish toch of burn on the swallow light cocconut light sweet hint of a wierd berry. Very good for a saki

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Thanks Tom! Pours to a clear polished body with light legs. The aroma is muskmelon that’s been sitting around for awhile. The flavor is quite overrated. The palate is smooth and hides most of the high alcohol content. The flavor is rice and muskmelon. I may be crazy, but this isn’t worth the $30 for a tiny bottle.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Rating #3000
Sweet rice aroma with floral orange blossom, woody and bubblegum notes apparent. Clear, still, wine-like appearance. Very viscous with nice lacing on the glass and lightening of colour at the meniscus. Floral/herbal component is strong in the sweet flavour with some hints of alcohol, rice and cereal and occasional fruitiness. Strong alcohol warming attests to the 15+% ABV. Smooth texture is quite viscous and dangerously easy to drink. Bottle (Argonaut Liquors, Denver, Sep-05) sampled at the Falling Rock Tasting post GABF 2005.

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours a cyrstal clear with a sheen. Aroma of Granny Smith apples, florals, vanilla, and cream. Clean flavor of coconut milk, cream, and light alcohol. Burns oing down.

Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Wow, what a treat. Big thanks and a sad farewell go to Kevin. Aroma has licorice, plastic, vanilla, ice cream. Clear of course but not as bright water, perhaps a hint of color there? Tough to tell from a ceramic sake glass that casts shadows. Alcohol in the nose but only when you hold it in your mouth, otherwise for raw aroma and flavor there’s nothing there but smoothness. It dissolves like an angel cake. What a special drink.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Nose-light apple, coconut milk, and scotch tape. Very clear body with a tinge of yellow. Taste-alcohol, coconut milk, white chocolate, very warming.

legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
These are always hard because how do you really judge appearance in a "beer" sense. But this was easily the best sake that this feeble mind has ever come across. Truly ethereal. Mind melding. Yummy.

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