Marheb (5430) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bouteille ŕ Maneki Seattle): Un nuage d’ammoniac, des tons hyper terreux, secs et amers pour compléter le chocolat blanc.
douglas88 (8752) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a party. Ever the hunter..Anyway, pours a clear yellow color. A fruity pear nose with light grains. The flavor is pretty smooth: sweet dry rice, pears, almost paper like grains, white grapes. There is a big sweetness to this Sake but not overpowering. Smooth. Good.
csaso (2190) - Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - crystal clear, aroma and flavor were mild fruit (apple?), mild sour, fair alcohol, and of course the fermented rice - don’t know much about sake, but this wasn’t bad, especially seemed to go really well with the sushi I ate along with it
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
served chilled in a chilled glass, pours a crystal clear, light cucumber notes in the nose and taste. No booziness at all. Very solid, very drinkable
flatmatt (1522) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chilled glass at a restaurant. Pours clear and just slightly darker than water. Aroma is of slightly sweet vanilla/frosting. Flavor is quite light, again mostly the medium sweet vanilla frosting, with just tiny hints of cucumber and light fruit like pear. No real alcohol aroma or taste. Body is fairly light for my taste, but it’s a decent sake.
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decanted at sushi zen. Pours crystal brilliantly clear. Bright lemony nose, mild cucumber undertone. Light watery body. Pleasant cucumber mid palate with a long dry finish.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nearly clear and still. neutral nose with notes of pear and floral perfume. mild acid; medium body. perfume floral flavor with major notes of soap and rice and minor notes of peach. alcohol provides a moderate zing. still unsure i’m prepared to evaluate sake all that well, but i found this one somewhere between enjoyable and tolerable, whatever that means.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this at the nicer sushi restaurant (Nanakusa) here in Milwaukee, and this is my 2nd sake, so not quite sure what I’m supposed to taste here, but I’ll do my best.
This sake was crystal clear and slightly more viscous than water. It was served in a wine glass. Aroma was a touch sweet and plum-like. Flavor was mild and a bit fruity, but the first thing I noticed was a warming feeling in my mouth and chest. Flavor is maybe also a touch caramel-y...flavors are very subtle and the diction of sake describing is still a mystery to me. Mouthfeel was very clean and dry.
Pretty good - I’d have this again. This is the first genuinely enjoyable sake experience I’ve had...others I’ve sort of choked down while trying to smile for whomever ordered it for me.
IslandHaole (1245) - Misawa, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, no color at all. As soft as a snowflake on the tip of your tounge.
Lightly scented of koji…like a sweeter version of the white paste you used in first grade.
A mild sweet flavor like roasted almonds. I know I keep using “almonds” as a flavor but that is what it really tastes like! Good thing I like almonds. The alcohol is very mild, only noticeable in the finish/follow but still very easy to drink. A great feel, a bit thicker than most sakes but not syrupy like some Junmai can be. The combination of the feel, flavor and ease of drinking make this another “dangerous” yet delicious sake. It’s below freezing out, snowing and I’ve got the curtains pulled wide open the heater and some Bossa Nova blasting and a fridge full of sake, I’m sure going to miss the Tohoku area!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear color with a tinge of beige. Not very thick or sticky. The nose is lightly sweet and hot with spicy melon and plum, a bit of alcohol and light koji dustiness. The flavor is crisp with a rounded dry/alcohol note that breathes through the nose on the finish. My lips tingle and it has a light buttery characteristic to it. Not exactly subtle, but good explosive flavors and a brief yet-alcohol rich tail.