July 2015 - World Sake Challenge

This month's Wine feature is World Sake Challenge Wines
World Sake Challenge Reviews
210903
Okunomatsu
Daiginjo Shizukuzake
Clear color. Delicate, inviting, spicy aromas of Asian pear, watermelon, and anise cookie with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long sweet cream and delicate peppery spice finish. A silky, sensual sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210895
Hananomai
Junmai Ginjo
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas of yams, cheese cake, dates, and yellow pepper with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length potato, jicama, and honeyed mushroom finish. A complex and engaging sake that will shine at the table.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211248
Soto
Junmai Daiginjo
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas of apple tart, rice candy, and melon with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long kiwi custard, nougat, radish, and sweet potato skin finish. A delicious and multifaceted sake.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210904
Yaegaki
"MU" Junmai Daiginjo
Brilliant silvery straw color. Bright, funky, spicy aromas of Asian pear, spicy apple custard, yams, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length sweet cream, spiced pear, and starfruit finish. A rock solid, fruity sake that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210899
Hatsumago
"Shozui" Junmai Diaginjo
Silvery straw color. Aromas of dried pear, spiced rhubarb, and creamy nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length sweet potato skin, sweet cream, and minerals finish. A well made, nicely layered sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210893
Kurosawa
Daiginjo
Brilliant pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, interesting aromas of spiced apple and pear, sweet potato, and pineapple yogurt with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length carrot, honey cream, and radish finish. A crisp and refreshing sake that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210892
Kurosawa
Junmai Kimoto
Clear silvery straw color. Muted, spicy aromas of banana spice cookie, coconut custard, and green pineapple husk with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long salted apple, coconut water, and umami finish. A lively and attractive sake that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210901
Okunomatsu
Tokubestu Junmai
Clear light silver color. Mild, fruity aromas of ripe Asian pear and anise cream with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, cheery orchata, salted melon, and earth finish. A wonderfully fruity and vibrant sake that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211024
Manotsuru
Crane Junmai
White gold color. Muted, buttery, meaty aromas of sweet cheese rind and radish sprouts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raw sweet potato, coconut water, and fleur de sel finish. A vivacious and nicely balanced sake.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211021
Manotsuru
Bulzai Gingo
White gold color. Mild, fruity, grainy aromas of overripe pineapple, rice noodles, and spice with a lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, melon, horchata, apple, and wintergreen finish. A racy, exotically flavorful ginjo.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210902
Okunomatsu
Ginjo
Silver color. Delicate aromas of pineapple, rice cake, and banana with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length sweet cream, radish sprouts, and jicama finish. A flavorful ginjo with good impact and warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210897
Hananomai
Junmai Daiginjo
Bright white gold color. Creamy aromas of tapioca, warm milk, nougat, and apple pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length parsnip, melon rind, and potato water finish. A subtle and savory sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210919
Ninki Ichi
Sparkling Sake "Natural" Junmai Ginjo
Hazy silvery straw color. Bright, curious, yeasty aromas of apple and honey Greek yogurt, spicy nougat, and pineapple granola with a supple, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pineapple custard, apple cider, and golden raisin finish. A tangy, zesty, fruity sparkling sake.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210896
Hananomai
"Katana" Junmai Ginjo
Silver color. Mild, fruity aromas of rice pudding, melon, and baked pear with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, carefree starfruit, papaya, and radish finish. A very tasty and well balanced ginjo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210905
Yaegaki
Kurobin Junmai
Clear light silver color. Mild, creamy aromas of nougat, toasted coconut, and latte with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, easy papaya cream, radish, spiced pineapple, and potato skin finish. A big, warming and artfully balanced sake that makes a nice impact.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210900
Shichiken
Junmai Ginjo
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of Asian pear, nougat, and spice with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length starfruit, creamy tapioca, pepper, and melon rind finish. A warming, tingling sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211023
Manotsuru
Crane Karakuchi
Light silver color. Muted, creamy aromas of rice pudding and green pineapple with a soft, lively, dry light body and a tingling, interesting, breezy jicama, radish, pepper, and salted mushroom finish. A nice, sweet and savory sake.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211022
Manotsuru
Demon Slayer
Clear silver color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas of tapioca, bamboo shoot, pepper dust, and coconut vinegar with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk white chocolate, mushroom consommé, and starfruit finish. A smooth, earthy sake for the table.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210898
Hatsumago
Kimoto Junmai Sake
Clear silver color. Bright, curious, fruity funky aromas of roasted pineapple husk, coconut yogurt, and caulk with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, cheery dusty root vegetable, cream, mushroom, and rice paper finish. A solid savory sake for the table; serve warm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210894
Kurosawa
Nigori Sake
Cloudy opaque ivory color. Faint aromas of rice paper, boiled rice, and figs and nuts with a silky, soft, off-dry medium body and a carefree apple pie a la mode, balsa, pepper, and potato water finish. A sturdy nigori best with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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