A good looking bottle and that is it.
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.
Gekkeikan Black & Gold Junmai Sake
Priced at 22 CAD, this good-looking sake is just that, good-looking. To be fair, that is 22 CAD per a 750ml bottle. So, price-wise, it’s not bad.
This is filtered sake, and the content has a yellow color to it.
When served warm, I felt no aroma. There is absolutely nothing. This sake is a weaker version of vodka or soju.
Interestingly, when I said “absolutely nothing”, I did mean it. There is absolutely nothing. This does not taste like sake. It does not feel like drinking alcohol.
So, ehm, I am going to put this under bloody awful. I mean, if there is not going to be any aroma, at least be an alcoholic drink. This is perhaps interesting sake in its own category. No aroma, no alcohol taste, no nothing. It’s just water.
Okay, it does have a slight taste of alcohol, but it’s so weak that I find it hard to believe its alcohol content is 15.6%. Beer tastes like it has more alcohol than this.
Not what I am looking for in sake. Others may like this, but not for me.