Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo Sake (300ml)
Brewed by Asahi Shuzo based in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Dassai focus on high quality, supremely modern Junmai Daiginjo sake using only Yamada Nishiki rice. Dassai are also unique in the industry having adapted their methods and brewery to be able to brew year round.
Tasting Note: Brilliant, pale near water white in the glass. Exuberant and very pretty nose with a lovely mix of red fruit, strawberry, cranberry, ruby grapefruit, gooseberry, backed up with white chocolate and nougat. Really enticing. Vibrant and flavourful on the palate, combining a similar mix of red berry and summer fruit flavours, white chocolate, cream, aromatic jasmine rice, even a hint of white pepper. Silky smooth and very precise in its flavours. Such a pleasurable drink, with the dash of sweetness only adding to the broad appeal of this impressive sake. Serve chilled with edamame, tuna sashimi, or grilled white fish.
Rice Polishing: 45%
Dassai 50 used to be the producer's most widely available Sake, and the Asahi Shuzo decided to push the polishing a bit further to 45 after a brand renewal in 2019. The aim, said the producer, was to provide better drinking experience with the 'most accessible' Dassai. It's leaner and milder in style than the more premium '23', although sharing a similar flavour profile of fresh pear, steamed rice, cinnamon and ripe melon on the nose, followed by a sweet, soft, slightly spiced palate, providing simple pleasure with a clean finish.
Sylvia Wu - Decanter