hershiser2 (3533) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015 marcus (10474) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours tinted white with a stong fermented rice aroma. The flavor is passable, and quite typical of sake, but a bit more starchy than usual.
Trader Joe’s Junmai Ginjo Premium Saki.
Pours slightly tinted clear. Aroma of rice, glue, and fruit. Reminds of me rice pudding aroma, without the spice. Taste is mellow. Light glue, some pear, and rice. Dry... not bad for a cheap saki! PorterPounder (8183) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - labeled as Trader Joe-sans Junmai Ginjo Sake. Slightly darker than clear, still pour. Aroma has some light boiled rice accents, a brief floral hint. Flavor is mellow with a slight alcohol burn, picking up some light grassy notes, a touch of ripening vegetables. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel. After a hearty "straight" sample, used the rest of the bottle to make Saké bloody mary’s. - a treat we discovered at the beach last week. JK (6240) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Under the Trader Joe’s label. Great aroma, peach, pepper, and alcohol. Clear of course. Good palate. A good, inexpensive sake. badgerben (5254) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle, as Trader Joes Junmai Ginjo Premium. Courtesy of BDR. Clear. Light yeast and fruit aroma. Big pear and fruity flavor. Some floral notes as it opens up. Very solid, and considering the price, an outstanding bargain. bhensonb (15500) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from World Market. Pours perry color. Aroma is moderate fusil oil. With a little green melon. Near medium body. Flavor is rice, green melon and a hint of fusil oil. Actually much more palatable than many cheap sakes. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Trader Joe-san’s. Almost crystal clear. Aroma is sweet with rice, alcohol and light fruit. Tastes light and sweet at first, but ends more dry and spicy. Slightly grainy but quite smooth. Great for the price of $9.99. flatmatt (1593) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2011
720 mL bottle as Trader Joe-san’s Junmai Ginjo Premium Sake. Served chilled, warming over the course of a couple hours. Pours clear with a faint golden tinge. Alcoholic aroma with a sweet vanilla frosting aroma and hints of banana and vinegar tone. In the flavor, the "frosting" definitely seems more like brown sugar and a bit of vanilla extract, with some candied dark fruit and the banana hints. Slightly sweet with the alcohol pronounced but still smooth. Finish leaves just a little of the vanilla and candied fruit notes. My first time trying sake--that is, the first time I have a clear memory of. Takes a bit of time to get used to, but this certainly seems like a decent place to have started. blipp (9502) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear and still, like water. Lightly sweet aroma, some almost doughy rice notes and a hint of pear. The flavor brings a more well rounded pear like sweetness, a light candy like sweetness, and just a light boozy burn. Decent. sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle at Jimmy Wan’s (Fox Chapel). Pours an almost crystal clear, very water like. Aroma is sweet and a subtle note of fruit. Flavor profile is more of the same, fruit note is plum and peach, they become a little more apparent as it warms. No real alcohol burn to speak of. Very smooth and non-offending sake. Nicely done !