Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Saké - Ginjo
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Seimaibuai: 55%
As legend has it, the famed poet Rihaku would drink an entire bottle of sake and then proceed to write dozens of poems. Rihaku Shuzo makes no representations or warranties as to your poetry-writing abilities while under the influence of this beverage.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Appearance: Nearly colorless, but there is a small, small hint of yellow.

Smell: Huh. This one smells like those powder packets from those cheap, store-brand macaroni and cheese boxes but with some ethanol wafts.

Taste: Nil sweetness with an instant twinge of alcoholic heat and that underlying cheese powder taste.

Mouthfeel: Body remains light.

Overall: Do I have bats in the belfry? Is it just me on this cheese thing??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Wondering Poet
Date: November 03, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: 5 Seasons Sake Dinner
Appearance: clear with a hint of color, viscous with thick legs
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light melon, touch of peppery alcohol
Body: big body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, light spicyness, touch of bitterness, hint of peppery alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2728) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle pours a slightly yellow tinted color. Very smooth sticks to the palate but does not feel heavy. Notes of grain alcohol, honey dew, botan rice candy, and licorice. Just ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (6006) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2009
This bottled sake from a bottle shop poured a extremely small sized head of frothy medium sized clear colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated clear with a light yellow hued body and no lacing. The aroma was alcohol and polished rice. The smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a burning alcohol aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of alcohol and polished rice. A typical alcohol burn sake, OK just nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2009
(300ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a crystal clear body with excellent legs. Aroma of vanilla, almond, melon, and candish. Flavor of almond, cracker, marzipan, and subtle berries with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a very clear body with viscous legs. Aroma of light koji, fruity, honeydew, and vanilla. Flavor is light, fruity, peach, cotton candy, light berries, koji, and marzipan. Medium viscosity, with a light alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Minty aromas with anise, white pepper, and some melon notes. Pours clear. Melon with fennel flavors, very earthy with a light white pepper spiciness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Very unique melon aroma, with cantaloupe notes. Flavor is very nice and balanced, full flavored and has nice purity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Sipped chilled. Poured crystal clear like water with a slight yellow tint to it. The aroma was clean with no alcohol. Some rice and fruit. Notes of pear and honeydew. The flavor had a semi-sweet start and was very smooth and clean. The alcohol was well hidden and there was a good dryness. Tasty stuff and went very well with my sushi dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2008
300mL bottle from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD. Poured absolutely clear with no head; about as exciting as a sake can look. Nice lacing. Aroma of rice, nuts, melon, plum and some alcohol. Sweet flavor at first; with some tropical fruit and nuts complimenting the rice. Initial sweetness gives way to rubbing alcohol flavor and a long, alcohol burn.

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