Expensive but …
I grade sake by its aroma. The stronger its aroma, the better. I also take its price into grading. If something is way too expensive, that’s going to affect its grading negatively unless it has got a God-tier aroma or something to offset its price.
I also take its taste into account although it’s not a significant factor. But, if something tastes unique in a positive way, then bonus points.
It says “super premium”. Well, the price tag certainly is high. This 720ml bottle costs 56 CAD. It is one of more expensive sake you can find on Canada.
They’ve certainly added bells and whistles on outside. It has a fancy cloth on top and has lots of text on the label which I am sure no one will read.
The cloth piece on top is just that, a piece of cloth. It doesn’t seem to serve any practical purpose. I suppose … you could wipe your mouth or a table with it while drinking…?
The liquor has a tint of yellow-ish color to it. This is filtered sake, so the content is clear. The color is on the weak side. It’s really faint.
As for taste, this is where things get a bit cloudy. When served warm, it doesn’t really have an aroma. Nothing struck the back of my nose. For a bottle that I paid 56 CAD for, I was expecting something better. However, it goes down really smoothly and has a really weak ethanol taste. It really didn’t feel like I was drinking alcoholic beverage.
Still, the high price tag bothers me. You can certainly find similar drinks for far less. In fact, you can find similar drinks at half of its price. Coupled with a fact that it has no distinctive aroma, I am going to have to place this sake under Bloody awful category.