Let's start with the lingo. This is a Junmai (no added alcohol), Ginjo (top 4 premium sake grades) Genshu (undiluted with water) sake. From Oregon, no less, with Calrose sake rice grown in the Sacramento Valley of California. Being undiluted, this is at the upper scales for sake alcohol content at 18%. And you can feel it: a punchy, bold, smooth and full-bodied sake with lush melons, perfumed Anjou, Asian pear crispness and a sweet cereals note on the weighted, glycerol palate. There's a riff of grip on the sides and an aptness for oily fish and ramen.
Crisp, green apple aromas along with some steamed/malted rice, sweet pear and white flower blossom overtones that lead to a dry, savoury, slightly herbal palate. Mildly spicy nougat/marzipan end notes appear as the flavours trail off.
This sake sports complex aromatics leaning toward marzipan, cocoa, malted rice and mild earthy/mushroom undertones. Fairly light in terms of mouthfeel, it is nonetheless very flavourful with lively, tropical fruit nuances and end notes suggesting mocha and pear.
The aromas are delicately fruity with suggestions of mineral, fennel and marzipan. Full and silky in the mouth, with flavours of vanilla, stone fruit and steamed rice. A touch hot on the way out.
Bright, fresh, floral aromas with traces of anise and candied almond. Zesty, with citrus/honeydew flavours and a mild hit of spice as it trails off.
Hints of pumpkin, melon, almond and a trace of funky mushroom on the nose. On the palate, it’s fresh and viscous, with suggestions of toasted nuts and ripe melon with a characteristic touch of earthiness. Clean and crisp, with a hint of heat on the finish.