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93 • Kokumi Tokubetsu Junmai Saké $20/720 ml. Best Buy.
Clear with a nickel straw cast. Aromas of mild Asian pear, plantain custard, mango, and radish with a satiny, fruity medium body and a toasted nut, apple, and honeydew gelato finish with wonderful, vivacious acidity. A flavorful and highly appealing sake for sipping or with spicy maki. (tasted on Jun-14-2013)
91 • Tozai "Living Jewel" Junami Saké $17.50/720 ml. Best Buy.
Clear. Lightly yeasty aromas of dough, Asian pear, creamy nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a refreshing melon, kiwi coconut cream, and dusty potato accented finish. A vibrant junmai sake that will excel with spicy Asian dishes and appeal to wine drinkers. (tasted on Jun-14-2013)
89 • Okunomatsu Tokubetsu Junmai Saké $20/720 ml.
Clear. Mild aromas suggest anise, nuts, papaya and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla bark, cayenne on jicama, and grassy earth finish. Solid. (tasted on Jul-11-2013)
88 • Manotsuru Kura "Crane" Junmai Saké $11.99/300 ml. Best Buy.
Clear with a silver cast. Umami driven aromas of marinated mushroom, chestnut, edamame, and coconut husk with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, delicately spicy, coconut milk, ground nut, and gravely mineral finish. A great choice for tempura. (tasted on Jun-14-2013)
87 • Muromachi Shuzo Sakura-Muromachi Junmai "Omachi" Saké $25/720 ml.
Clear with a very faint straw cast. Aromas of Asian pear, cherry, delicate anise, and ripe pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, peppery radish, spice, coconut fiber, and straw accented finish. A vibrant, flavorful sake for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jul-11-2013)
87 • Miyazaki Honten Junmai "Kissui Miyanoyuki" Saké $30/500 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Clear. Aromas and flavors of yogurt covered nut, toasted coconut water, floral honey, and melon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a bamboo shoot and peppered mushroom accented finish. A fine combination of fruity and savory umami notes that will be great with tempura and teriyaki. (tasted on Jul-11-2013)