Hana Flavored Sake (USA)

Hana Flavored Sake – Takara Brewing (Berkeley, California, USA)

1) Fuji Apple8% ABV -750ml

  • Style: Flavored Sake
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Apple juice -> pear/rice alcohol -> roughish ricey finish
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (Edm, AB)
  • How much: $14.50 (after 10%), Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light yellow. Red apple and apple skin on the nose. Drinks with strong apple juice aroma up front, some woodiness, 5/10-sweetness, pear, medium sour backdrop, rice-alcohol off-dry, roughish ricey finish. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, decent transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability.

2) Lychee8% ABV -750ml

  • Style: Flavored Sake
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Lychee/apple juice -> tangy/rice wine -> semi-sweet/clean finish.
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (Edm, AB)
  • How much: $14.50 (after 10%), Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear ultra-light white wine yellow. Very aromatic though somewhat artificial lychee. Drinks with the same aromatic lychee, 5/10-sweetness, filtered apple juice, light-medium tanginess, transitioning nicely into smooth rice wine, finishing semi-sweet, clean, and partially thin. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, very nice drinkability.

3) Plum8% ABV -750ml

  • Style: Flavored Sake
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Fruity red apple/plum (ume) -> alcohol/warmth -> ricey finish.
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (Edm, AB)
  • How much: $14.50 (after 10%), Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear very light yellow. Fruity apple and Japanese plum on the nose. Bright fruity red apple and plum juiciness up front, mild 5/10-sweetness, transitioning into alcohol detection and light warmth, with a slight ricey finish. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability.

4) Raspberry8% ABV -750ml

  • Style: Flavored Sake
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (Edm, AB)
  • How much: $14.50 (after 10%), Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: no

Tasting notes: pours clear very light yellow (as usual) with a bit of floaties. Raspberry candy on the nose with a bit of sweet sake. Drinks with 4/10-sweetness, light-watery body, a mix of light raspberry and apple flavours, light alcohol, finishing mildy sour clean. Everything is light and kinda watery, nothing awesome.