Saturday, April 18, 2015

Value-Priced Sake Taste-Off and Review: ***+ $ Gekkeikan, Sho Chiku Bai Junmai and SakeMoto Junmai = ALL BEST VALUES

Today we're facing off three value-priced sake, two from California and one from Japan. 




Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Gekkeikan Sake.

Original tasting and review : This is Gekkeikan Sake, California, finished at 15.6% alcohol.  Practically free.

In the glass: Clear, wisp yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and lightly sweet rice.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean and full.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai Sake.

Original tasting and review : This is Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai Sake, California, finished at 15% alcohol.  Practically free

In the glass: Clear with hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle and clear.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh, mellow, with a bit of alcoholic heat at the tip.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars and just touches a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for SakeMoto Premium Junmai Sake.

Original tasting and review : This is SakeMoto Premium Junmai Sake, Nada, Japan, finished at 14.7% alcohol and first sampled   years from vintage date, in .

In the glass: Clear, wisp yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean with hints of citrus.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, sleek and aromatic with consistent sweet citrus notes.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value.
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All in all, I must give the nod to the slightly-more-pricey-but-still-a-value Japan-fermented sake, being slightly more aromatic and delicate than the California-made siblings.  

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