beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle purchase at Michael’s in Riverhead. As an aside, I really like the bottle design, both the shape and the graphics. Pours clear with some slight interference when looking through the glass. Pleasant aroma with some very noticeable alcohol vapors along with some rice and a bit of vanilla. The flavor is fruity with some rice and definitely a bit of vanilla. Very lovely. Texturally, this sake is like silk on the palate. A bit boozy but at 18% abv not unexpected and it does not interfere with the enjoyment of this sake. I could drink this regularly. Excellent!
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First Sake rating...Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow...nice legs on the glass. Aroma of mild tropical fruit and vanilla...rice vinegar...boozy. Flavor is boozy and rice forward...just a touch of tropical fruit in there. Mouthfeel is just a bit oily and the finish is boozy rice and warming.
SanfordBrewer (1545) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear as water. very smooth full body.
aroma: a touch of acidity (faint rice-wine vinegar), bitter yeast character (like butternut squash skin); and subtle but enticing esters of bubble gum, banana, grape, and pear. alcohol is surprisingly faint.
taste: sweet nutty rice, more yeast character, smooth alcohol, mild acidity that pops the fruitiness in the middle, and a nice grainy rice note just going into the finish.
soft and smooth. complex, yet subtly so. very nice.
jkwalking05 (4721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Clear with nice legs. aroma is pinapple and mango. Taste is booze, rice and pineapple.
jake65 (3589) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly clear with no head. The aroma is strong and the alcohol is evident, but not abrasive. Dangerously easy to consume; I can sense the alcohol level is high, but it sips very easily. Dry and soft, potent and refreshing.
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours perfectly clear with a very pale yellow color.
The aroma is fairly boozy, but has lots of strawberry and pair. The rice note is very faint in the aroma.
The flavor is fruity and floral, a bit boozy but complex as well. This is on the sweet end as far as most of the more serious Sakes I’ve tried... There is some mild vanilla and a general absence of rice character.
All around very enjoyable.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale yellow-tinged clear body, nice legs. The aroma is pears, melon and coconut. I don’t get as much alcohol as I expect with 18%, and no fusil. The flavor is sweet, smooth, complex, and follows the aroma pretty closely. The palate is warming, which makes it a nice sipper for a January afternoon.
bytemesis (8125) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear with a faint tinge of yellow. Aroma is coconut, almond, a bit of fruit. Flavor is about the same, plus alcohol, lightly sweet, a lot of warming from the alcohol. Light bodied. Nice enough, I guess.
estover (84) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
lightly colored, zero head with a hint of yeast and alcohol (whiskey) in the nose. Heavy cloying sweetness, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish. I am glad I had this but would not come back for seconds. Keep in mind this is coming from a dark belgian beer lover.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: This style must just not be my cup of tea, because I saw that this is one of the top sakes in this style, but it seemed like jet furl to me at first. Then it started to grow on me a little. And then I chilled it some more and it started to become somewhat nice, but still probably not something I would ever drink again.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured clear, lightest possible yellow that was just a hair above being called clear. It also had no head, but it did have beautiful legs. The aroma was alcohol, vanilla, banana, coconut, pineapple, other light fruits and an odd hint of coffee. The initial flavor was slight to lightly sweet and moderately alcoholic; while the finish was lightly sweet, slightly acidic and light to moderately alcoholic with a short duration. There was alcohol, light fruits, white grapes, coconut, vanilla, pineapple, pear, more alcohol and the slightest hint of coffee. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy but also oily and then rather dry; and flat with a heavy to harshly alcoholic finish.