Besides using Sake yeast, Cho-tokkyu uses racked apple wine smoothed with pure organic rice syrup (whatever that means). The label gives a heads-up on what you can expect from this cider on one panel while providing nutritional information on another. Gluten free, as usual.
The bottle said to give a full bottoms-up and swirl to disperse the apple-wine sediment evenly. The result is a murky yellow liquid. It looks a little like grapefruit juice with pulp. The aroma is full of apples and bananas and yeast, and smells a little sour. Fruity apple and pear flavors are most noticeable in the beginning. An interesting and complex yeast component comes next, mingling nicely with its fruity pals. Bananas, peaches, quite fruity. The 6.5% alcohol provided a little warmth toward the end before a bone-dry finish. Apple aftertaste is nice.