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.
Hakutsuru Sho-Une Junmai Daiginjo
It comes in a dark blue bottle and costs about 12 CAD per 300ml bottle, placing it on higher end of cheap sake you can find from LCBO in Canada.
This is a filtered sake and has no color at all.
When served warm, it has a rather mild ethanol taste. There isn’t really anything else but it does go down smoothly without any kickback.
Remember Soto sake I reviewed? It’s quite similar to it and it’s at half of its price. I wish I could add more, but there isn’t really anything at all to this.