degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle. Very cloudy with noticeable deposit on the glass -- this is nigori with an attitude. Nose is Asian pair, apple, and a light lactic edge. Flavor is subdued and rich, well-integrated with a slight sweetness. Finishes long and warm. A good sake in a good style. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2010
looks like skim milk with little rice chunks floating in it.... horchata perhaps. either way it sludges up the side of the glass.
lots of koji in the nose... along with spicy alcohol, chalky minerals, rice, florals, moist earth (more koji notes?) and distinct cantaloupe.
the palate is a little too sweet for me to thoroughly enjoy... though not terribly so... it also hides the alcohol fairly well (as it is only felt as it warms the chest). there is a fruity tartness throughout which reminds me of cucumbers and honeydew... sort of a strange battle between sweet and sour i’m not sure that i’m fond of. other flavors of rice water, florals, a touch of milkiness and some must fill it out.
the mouth feel is gritty with unfiltered bits making the medium body seem fuller than it is. mixed with the acidity, the thickness is rather annoying and unpleasant. 7/4/6/3/13/3.3
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle: Pours a milky white color with smaller particles and thin legs. The nose is musky with some dry concrete and mineral notes; abundant alcohol and a very dry light banana hint. The flavor has a large impact, but it comes off more minerally and lightly fruity, the alcohol is hidden fairly well as it’s a bit sweet in the mouthfeel. A subtle brief tail with a more prominent acidic finish. As a general non-fan of nigoris, this is no exception. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle from Kevin. Die.thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Pours a dense, milky white with a creamy, chalky strawberry and Pepto Bismol aroma. Flavor is clean, abrubt rosy chalk and frozen berries, with a striking alcohol finish. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Nice sake.
This bottled sake from a restaurant poured no and left behind a hazy with fine particulate white colored body and a lacing with particulate in it. The smooth aroma was vinous alcohol. The semi-thick thick flavor contained notes of medium vinous rice. Very different and one I would like to have again.
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. Milky white pour, thick particles sticking to the sides of the glass. Nose is mild banana and cream, some milky pear, some herbs and some strange sort of pineapple character. First few sips are full, chewy and then gritty on the back, punctuated by an incredibly unpleasant bite as it is swallowed. Harsh and husky rice, more banana, pear, green apple, some creamy vanilla ice cream but also some sour lactic notes. The unpleasant bite subsides and nearly disappears towards the bottom of the glass. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2009
11/14/2007: Tozai Snow Maiden was served chilled. It looks like Gatorade Frost (watery white color and cloudy). There is some fine grit on the glass that makes the glass look speckled/frosted. The moderately strong aroma contains alcohol, almond, honeydew melon, green apple, and slight vanilla. The alcohol is a bit astringent, but I guess that’s to be expected when the content is right around 15%! Anyways, the flavor is lightly sweet with some fruitiness in the front (apple) and hints of coconut. The finish is moderately long and warming with a slight alcohol burn. Since this sake is unfiltered, it has some particales in its medium-full, creamy body. I really enjoyed this sake overall
720 ml pink, twist-off capped bottle (14.9% ABV) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #27 for this sake.
Vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. Pours milky white, very cloudy. Thick powdery on the palate. Creamy, fruity with melon, very chunky! robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Looks like skimmed non-fat milk when poured into glass. Somewhat sweet scent. Not huge. Heavy alcohol flavor (15% after all) that reminds me of a vodka or well filtered single-malt whisky. Perha[ps a little coconut to it. Thick body due to rice stuff that’s included. White flecks coat the side of the glass when you put it down. Light sweetness lingering on the palate a minute or two after drinking it. Tried it so as to say I’ve tried some of the sake list here, but won’t go out of my way to drink it again unless it’s at some sushi restaurant.
ADDENDUM: Let the sake warm up a little while I wrote the review above. The huge alcohol kick is a bit more muted now that it’s warmed up. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. i dont know to much about sake so here it goes. the pour was white with some legs that stood on the glass. aroma of coconut and alcohol. flavor seemed to be dark fruit and alcohol. light body on this one. i was actually heading out the door when i rated this so i rushed the rating.