IslandHaole (1229) - Misawa, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small 180 ml blue bottle. Clear with a light straw color, like a glass of Fume Blanc. Scent of anise and a moldy pile of hay, alcohol noticeable. A sweet front with mild melon and licorice flavors, the sweetness continues through the nutty middle. Finish also with mild sweetness with a warm follow. Nice feel, not sticky.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
180mL Bottle: Pours clear with a tinge of beige around the side but mostly clear, nice thick lacing. The nose is actually fairly heavy with alcohol but a nice koji, peach and floral sweetness and a dry dusty character. The flavor is more balanced with a good slap of umami on the palate along with the sweet fruits, dry koji mouthfeel and a zesty citrusy finish. A bit of medicinal jagerlike anise notes in the finish, but it’s all around very drinkable, subtle, complex and deserving of the Daiginjo title.Thanks to IslandHaole for this rare gem!