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91 • Tozai "Snow Maiden" Junmai Nigori Sake $17/720ml. Best Buy. Kosher
Bright opaque cream white color. Earthy singed anise, horse mane, and banana-coconut custard aromas follow through on a bristling, lively entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with honey baked apple, Asian pear skin, and praline notes. Finishes with a crisp, delicately fruity and spicy, balsa accented fade. A nicely styled after dinner sipper; pair with bonbons and petit fours. (tasted on Dec-16-2008)
88 • Yaegaki Nigori Sake $15/720ml. Best Buy.
Cloudy white marble color. Baked parchment paper, savory rice noodle, and rice candy aromas follow through on a vibrant round entry to a fruity medium-full body with candied apple and papaya accents. Finishes with a dash of honey, pepper, and red bean puree. A fun, lively nigori to pair with red bean ice cream. (tasted on Dec-16-2008)
86 • Tozai "Voices in the Mist" Nigori Ginjo Sake $25/720ml. Kosher
Milky white gray color. Banana cream pie and honeyed cashew aromas follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with overripe apple, bamboo shoot, and dusty turnip notes. Finishes with a peppery spice, apple yogurt, powdered milk, and mineral fade. (tasted on Dec-16-2008)
82 • Gekkeikan Nigori Sake $8/300 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Opaque creamy bone white color. Aromas of creamy rice pudding with delicate spice, sandalwood, and horsehair brush follow through on a round, supple entry to a gritty, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with mealy pear and powdered honey notes. Finishes with a tannic powdered milk, pulpy paper mache, and nutskin fade. Serve with spicy Thai curries. (tasted on Dec-16-2008)