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93 • Shimizu-No-Mai "Pure Dawn" Junmai Ginjo Sake $35/720 ml.
Very pale silvery straw color. Bright aromas of anise, Asian pear, and bubblegum dust with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nougat, spiced apple, dusty mineral and pink peppercorn accented finish. Very lively, pure and refreshing. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)
91 • Ninki-Ichi "Kuro-Ninki" Junmai Ginjo Sake $30/300 ml.
Clear. Aromas of ponzu, soy bean, vanilla taffy, and Asian pear with a silky, soft dryish light-to-medium body and an apple skin, anise seed, jicama, shittake and whole nut finish. Complex with a nice earthy sense of place and style; with go great with mushroom dishes. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
90 • Hananomai "Katana" Junmai Ginjo Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear. Aromas of buttery cashew brittle, dried banana and a whiff of Elmer's glue with a slightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a kiwi, turnip, nutskin, and radish sprouts accented finish. An interesting flavor ride. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
89 • Hananomai Junmai Ginjo Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear with a silvery cast. Aromas of cashew nougat, apple chips and creamy raisin rice pudding with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a licorice, nut, and dusty sweet potato accented finish. A good choice for the table. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
89 • Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear polished silver color. Creamy rice pudding, anise, nut brittle and pear tart aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy apple, rice flour and melon finish. Solid. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)
89 • Kawacho Junmai Ginjo Sake $20/720 ml.
Clear with a silvery cast. Bright aromas of banana, white cherry, balsa, nougat and bubblegum with a silky dryish medium body and a nice savory roasted zucchini and nutshell accented finish. (tasted on Jun-23-2011)
88 • Hiro Junmai Ginjo Sake Blue $39.99/720 ml.
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Delicate vanilla maple nut fudge and spicy pear custard aromas with a soft, supple dryish medium-to-full body and a savory sweet potato bread, white mushroom, tart cherry and jicama accented finish. A nice sake with pair with tempura and umami-driven meals. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)
83 • Ty Ku Black Junmai Ginjo Sake $14.99/330 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Clear with a silvery cast. Watered down ginger ale and creamy vanilla nut fudge aromas with a glycerous fruity medium body and a spice cake, cola nut, roasted chestnut, ume plum, and potato flour accented finish. Different. (tasted on Jun-07-2011)