July 2012 - 2012 World Sake Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2012 World Sake Challenge Wines
2012 World Sake Challenge Reviews
198751
Mizuho
Kuromatsu Kenbishi Junmai Sake
Faint golden silver color. Bright aromas of tamari, roasted chestnut, and fig with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, savory sautéed shittake, root vegetable, chocolate drizzled pear, and bamboo nuanced finish. Remarkable aged sake complexity and vibrancy. Will be sensational with tempura and teriyaki.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198742
Hatsumago
Junmai Daiginjo "Shozui" Sake
Clear with a faint silvery straw cast. Pure ripe pineapple, anise, and apple custard tart aromas with a fruity medium-to-full body and creamy vanilla pudding, green apple, praline, and pepper accented finish. A delicious and explosively flavorful; a classic sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198746
Hananomai
"Katana" Junmai Ginjo Sake
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas and flavors of creamed cereal, yam, coconut milk, and spiced papaya with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus, radish, and turnip accented finish. Nice range of flavors to compliment Japanese cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198754
Yaegaki
"Mu" Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Bold fresh meringue, coconut cream, pineapple-papaya sorbet, and nougat aromas with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a long, rich and lively medley of tropical fruits, nuts, spices, and earth. Sensational vibrancy, purity and flavorfulness that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198745
Hananomai
Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Aromas of almond brittle and cream puffs with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a coconut custard, peppery radish, caramel apple and delicate spice finish. Elegant and deliciously flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198749
Kawacho
Junmai Ginjo Sake
Aromas of Asian pear, plum pudding pie, and white nuts with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a seamless spiced apple, creamy rice pudding, nougat, jicama, starfruit, and radish sprouts accented finish. Great purity and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198743
Hatsumago
Junmai Sake
Clear platinum. Aromas and flavors of vanilla rice pudding, delicate nutmeg and cinnamon, and apple tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, resonant finish with notes papaya, plantain, and grassy earth. Excellent complexity and depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198739
Kurosawa
Junmai Kimoto Sake
Clear with a faint platinum straw cast. Aromas of apple cobbler, daikon, and rice candy wrapper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, green apple, dried honey,and dusty parsnip accented finish. Nice complexity and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198741
Hatsumago
Junmai Honkarakuchi "Makiri" Sake
Clear with a faint straw cast. Aromas of overripe pear, cream cheese, floral bee pollen, and white nuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, citrus, melon rind, chalk and peppery radish accented finish. Nice vibrancy and nuance of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198740
Kurosawa
Daiginjo Premium Reserve Sake
Fresh warm rice pudding, creamy cashew nougat, and coconut-raisin cake aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vanilla taffy, spiced pear,and melon accented finish. Delicious and crowd pleasing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198750
Ninki-Ichi
"Kuro-Ninki" Junmai Ginjo Sake
Clear. Mild fermented apple, yeasty pie dough, quince, and nut aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy tapioca, anise cookie, and bamboo shoot accented finish. Nice vibrancy.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198752
Mizbasho
Ginjo Sake
Bold overripe pineapple and apple candy aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a tangy, water chestnut, anise whipped cream and powdered sugar accented finish. A bold sexy, sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198753
Mizbasho
Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Aromas of vanilla fudge, nougat, and floury pear tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy tapioca, lychee, honeyed fennel, and kiwi accented finish. Very smooth and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198747
Shichiken
Junmai Ginjo Sake
Clear with a very faint nickel straw cast. Aromas of yeasty brioche, coconut milk, honeyed fennel, and melon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, apple custard, radish, toffee, and grassy earth accented finish. Nice vibrancy and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198744
Hananomai
Junmai Ginjo Sake
Clear with a very faint silvery straw cast. Aromas of honeyed melon, dried pineapple, oatmeal, and creamy nougat with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi, sweet potato, and mineral accented finish. Solid and lively.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198756
Yaegaki
"Kuro Bin" Junmai Sake
Clear with a silver cast. Aromas of baked apple, cream, and nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a bright Asian pear, mineral and delicate peppery radish like finish. Pleasant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198770
Kigen
Junmai Sake
Clear with a silvery straw cast. Aromas of pear, pie dough, and coconut custard with a silky dryish medium body and a creamy tapioca, jicama, and bamboo shoot accented finish.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198771
Yaegaki
Junmai Sake
Clear. Mild yeasty brioche and melon aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, honey, lemon spritzed apple and radish finish.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198567
Ty Ku
Coconut Nigori
Aromas of coconut macaroon and gelato, ginger ale, fruity caramel with a supple, off-dry medium body and a touch of jicama, pepper, mint, and coconut-almond on the finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198568
Ty Ku
Silver Junmai Sake
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, maraschino cherry, and pineapple-pear turnover with a glycerous, fruity medium body and a ginger ale, radish, and turnip accented finish. Odd and rather like a dilute Shirley Temple.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198748
Yaegaki
Nigori Sake
Opaque creamy white ivory color. Aromas of freshly sliced red radish, white peppercorn, fish tank water, and ripe pineapple husk with a lightly chunky, fruity medium body and a mango, chalk, and pineapple sauce finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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