Saturday, February 25, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Tozai "Snow Maiden" Junmai Nigori Sake, Kyoto, Japan - GOOD VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background, November, 2010: This is Tozai "Snow Maiden" Junmai Nigori Sake, Kyoto, Japan, finished at 14.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Snow Maiden, showing creamy rose in the pink-tinted bottle, pours white in the glass, looking like a skim milk with alcohol edges. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled, this nigori sake shows a bright, tropical fruit nose tinged with light funk overtones.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a quite thick, chalky middle, layering cane sugar along the sheets of thick schoolroom chalk sliding down the sides of your cheek.  Bring you back to days of clapping erasers in the schoolyard, combined with sipping White Russians at college. 

In summary: Overall, interesting, unusual drink that takes over your palate with its direct sensory impressions. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, because it is unusual enough for you to want to come back and try this unusual experience again.

Updated review, over a year later,  February, 2012: While shakng up the yeasty sediment, the cool bottle fizzed and fizzed, discharging almost a quarter of its contents.  Effervescence in the glass.  Subtle clean tones on the nose: pepper and vanilla.  Much brighter open now, with sweet, fizzy and lightly acidic edges.  Clean, layered and fun, achieves a plus for this fun-loving nature even after an extra year in bottle since purchase.  Good value. 

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