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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.
Asahi Shuzo  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo Sake Yamaguchi
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.
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
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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