かぼす梅酒 -天女のしずく (大分県産かぼす・梅使用), 12% ABV, (Oita, Japan)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why it’s not awesome: tastes of sugar, alcohol and juice
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥1000 ($13), 500ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to liquor afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes (straight, chilled): pours honey yellow, slightly cloudy, thicker than water viscosity. Tastes of 7/10 sweet and 3/10 sour kabosu (yuzu+lime flavour) but mainly umeshu, a bit of honey and 50% grain alcohol in the background. Not terribly smooth but decent kabosu and a nice variation of normal umeshu.

梨園 (なしのお酒), 12% ABV, (Oita, Japan)

-四季を通して日田の梨

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: natural fruit flavour
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥1000 ($13), 500ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to liquor afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes (straight, chilled): pours lime juice coloured cloudy green, unfiltered fruit, thinner than grenadine viscosity. Half asian pear, half alcohol burn on the nose. Clean 6/10 sweet asian pear up front, immediately followed by grain alcohol bitterness down the back of the throat, and again finishes with pear aroma. Strong green apple notes in there as well. Made with 100% Hita pears. Overall tastes of juice + grain alcohol but high quality pear juice at that.