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Reviews for 2020

July 2020 - World Sake Challenge

July 2020 - World Sake Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Sake Challenge Wines

World Sake Challenge Reviews

SakéOne Naginata Junmai Daiginjo Sake
94 points
$60
Silvery straw color. Aromas of papaya, pickled mango, allspice, shiso, and creme caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long tamarind chutney, lime, and yogurt finish. A fruity, vibrant and outgoing Sake that will pair very well with spicy, tropical dishes.
Awards: 2020 Best Sake
Asahi Shuzo Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo Sake
92 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas of orange marmalade, pineapple, triple cream cheese, candied ginger, lychee, and rice cakes with a round, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long yeasty dinner rolls, salted cultured butter, golden kiwi, and strawberry finish. A rich Junmai Daiginjo with silky texture and lengthy flavors; pair with fine meals.
SOTO Super Premium Junmai Daiginjo Sake
92 points
$39.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas of marinated mushrooms and prosciutto wrapped melon with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, intricate, long savory green tea, strawberry in whipped cream, clove, and licorice finish. An exceptionally balanced and appetizing Sake with rich flavors and excellent pairability.
92 points $39.99
SOTO Premium Junmai Sake
91 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of dates and marinated mushrooms with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length carob, caramelized vegetables, and hints of berries finish. A rich and savory Sake with dark undertones; excellent pairing for grilled seafood and fermented foods.
91 points $5.99 Best Buy
Manotsuru  "Pure Bloom" Sweet Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of birch, dried citrus, turmeric, and young banana with a round, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length star fruit, sweet yogurt, and guava finish. An off-dry, balanced Junmai Ginjo perfect for spicy fare; round and satisfying.
90 points $14 Best Buy
SOTO Premium Junmai Sake
90 points
$19.99
White gold color. Aromas of strawberries, cream, and apples in yogurt with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, buoyant white grape, lime, hints of pecan, and green tea finish. A supple, creamy Junmai Sake for delicate dishes.
90 points $19.99
Manotsuru  "Crane"Junmai Sake
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and guava pastry, yogurt drink, sweet tea, and banana candies with a crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk finish displaying notes of almond milk. A fruity and friendly Sake ready for the sushi bar.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Manotsuru  "Crane" Karakuchi Sake
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, caper berry, fondant, and lanolin with a lean, bright, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying nuances of chalk and hints of rose. An easy-drinking Futsu-Shu for effortless casual pairings.
86 points $11 Best Buy
North American Sake Brewery  Real Magic Junmai Sake
85 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit peel, fresh cut grass, buttered toast, and green bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish. THE Sake for Sauvignon Blanc drinkers; ready for summer.
North American Sake Brewery  Serenity Now Junmai Daiginjo Sake
83 points
$19
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apple, tangerine, toasted oats, and frosted rice cake with a supple, lively, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish. An easy drinking Sake to serve warm or in cocktails.
Kigen Crystal Dry Sake
83 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe canary melon, peppercorns, and grass clippings with a supple, crisp, bone-dry light body and a peppery, rapid finish. A zingy Futsu-Shu Sake that will play well in cocktails or served warm with creative sushi rolls.
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