Silverdale, WA 16% alc. 375 ml. (Purchased on 10/3/13)
Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake’, USDA Organic and Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth
From Momokawa in Forest Grove, Oregon (northern Willamette Valley); label says to “Refrigerate and shake well before serving”. In the undisturbed bottle the sake’ clears, leaving about a third white sludge at the bottom. When well-shaken, the entire liquid becomes milky white, hence the “creamy” nature of the drink. Looks like coconut milk, smells somewhere between beer wort and freshly fermented grape must; very yeasty and not particularly appealing. Just the slightest sweetness on the front of the tongue, turning to slightly bitter, thinly “creamy”, yeasty liquid in the mouth. Here’s a link to the sales page for the 750 ml. bottle. I suspect the 375’s were sold to restaurants.
Having very little experience with sake’ and no experience with this type, and knowing this comes from a well-considered Oregon producer, I have to assume this is what it’s supposed to taste like. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing about it that I enjoy. So, I’ll chalk this one up to experience and return to wine (or beer). And I don’t feel that I can fairly rate this product, so I won’t. Just after preparing this review, I saw this comment from Seattle area reader RB. Thanks, RB!