Now I’ve already broken my own rule about buying cheap sake. However, when I saw this gigantic 1.5 liter bottle of Ozeki sakÃ© on sale at Mitsuwa, I simply could not refuse. It didn’t help that the Japanese shoppers were stuffing them into their shopping carts as if there was no tomorrow. Did they know something I didn’t? Was this an amazing steal? So, i went in for size… the price? $5.99. oh, I know, i know. BUT all this sake tasting is purely in the name of Urban SakÃ© blog research!
This stuff is made in the USA. it is the ONLY way it could be this cheap. and i guess Ozeki is the most well known kura in the states? maybe? not sure. All i know is that I can find Ozeki in every thai, chinese and other asian resturant in the city.
How does it taste? Well, I have to say, this stuff does not taste as awful as I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it did at first. I mean, it really needed to warm up a little. right out of the fridge, I tasted serious paint thinner overtones. Now that it’s warmed up a bit (and so have I), there is a slight rice-ball tinge with a slight aroma of bark. yeah, like on a tree. There is 16% alcohol so it has a firm bite that is a little frayed around the edges. All in all, i think this fits the bill for sipping after work and other not so special occasions where price is a concern.
My SakÃ© rating
Ozeki-sized Ozeki earns 2 of a possible 5 SakÃ© Bottles