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96 • Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi Junmai Sake $40/720 ml.
Faint golden silver color. Bright aromas of tamari, roasted chestnut, and fig with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, savory sautéed shittake, root vegetable, chocolate drizzled pear, and bamboo nuanced finish. Remarkable aged sake complexity and vibrancy. Will be sensational with tempura and teriyaki. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
91 • Hatsumago Junmai Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear platinum. Aromas and flavors of vanilla rice pudding, delicate nutmeg and cinnamon, and apple tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, resonant finish with notes papaya, plantain, and grassy earth. Excellent complexity and depth. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
90 • Hatsumago Junmai Honkarakuchi "Makiri" Sake $30/720 ml.
Clear with a faint straw cast. Aromas of overripe pear, cream cheese, floral bee pollen, and white nuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, citrus, melon rind, chalk and peppery radish accented finish. Nice vibrancy and nuance of flavor. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
90 • Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear with a faint platinum straw cast. Aromas of apple cobbler, daikon, and rice candy wrapper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, green apple, dried honey,and dusty parsnip accented finish. Nice complexity and style. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
88 • Yaegaki "Kuro Bin" Junmai Sake $25/720 ml.
Clear with a silver cast. Aromas of baked apple, cream, and nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a bright Asian pear, mineral and delicate peppery radish like finish. Pleasant. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
87 • Kigen Junmai Sake $7/300 ml. Best Buy.
Clear with a silvery straw cast. Aromas of pear, pie dough, and coconut custard with a silky dryish medium body and a creamy tapioca, jicama, and bamboo shoot accented finish. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)
83 • Ty Ku Silver Junmai Sake $14.99/720 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, maraschino cherry, and pineapple-pear turnover with a glycerous, fruity medium body and a ginger ale, radish, and turnip accented finish. Odd and rather like a dilute Shirley Temple. (tasted on Jun-13-2012)