Producer Spotlight: Dassai

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Delve into the iconic range of Dassai through their legendary 23, 39 and 45 bottlings.

  • Asahi Shuzō Dassai 23
  • Asahi Shuzō Dassai 39
  • Asahi Shuzō Dassai 45

Dassai 23

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 23%
S.M.V. — +4.0
Vol — 720ml

Refined yet not without depth of flavours or aroma, with fresh pears, lime blossom and a distinctive minerality nuanced on the palate. A long lasting finish layered with intricacies.

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With the turn of the millennium, Asahi Shuzō launched their ambitious project with the release of Dassai 23. The release of the product in 2000 saw the highest degree of polishing sake released at that time. To achieve such a highly polished ratio takes a staggering 168 hours of work; much greater than the average 30-36 hours of polishing for a ‘regular’ Junmai Daiginjo. Dassai 23 was created to see the lengths that brewers could push the famed Yamada Nishi rice to whilst still creating a sake of balance and complexity.

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Dassai 39

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 39%
S.M.V. — +3.0
Vol — 720ml

From a fruit-driven expression on the nose, through to a rich palate of ripe Golden Delicious apples and a full fruit basket of flavours, a crisp finish and mouth-watering acidity.

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Dassai 39 fits nicely between its siblings of 23 and 45. This very high level of seimaibuai provides a balance between the incredibly refined nature of the 23 and the more generous & immediately approachable style of the Dassai 45. It also has the greatest kaleidoscope of fruit flavours amongst the three expressions of Dassai.

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Dassai 45

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 45%
S.M.V. — +3.0
Vol — 720ml

Aromas of cantaloupe, almond and white flowers, leading through to sweet flavours of ripe peach, grape, and blueberry on the palate.

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Dassai 45 replaced the previous bottling of Dassai 50, with an extra 5% seimaibuai. The additional polishing represents the continued approach towards refinement & quality of the brewery, whilst not attempting to make it too extreme or ‘refined’ an expression. The 45 still retains a delicate combination of fruity and floral characters to the nose, that was previously seen with the Dassai 50 with just a touch of additional restraint to the flavours. The style of Dassai 45 makes it the most approachable of the core range from the brewery.   

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Dassai revolutionised the world of sake with the launch of Dassai 23, which at the time, was the highest level of seimaibuai, or rice-polishing level. Since then, a quality-first approach has continued to take the brewery from strength to strength deep in the mountains of Yamaguchi.

 

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Dassai 23

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 23%
S.M.V. — +4.0
Vol — 720ml

Refined yet not without depth of flavours or aroma, with fresh pears, lime blossom and a distinctive minerality nuanced on the palate. A long lasting finish layered with intricacies.

+ Read More

With the turn of the millennium, Asahi Shuzō launched their ambitious project with the release of Dassai 23. The release of the product in 2000 saw the highest degree of polishing sake released at that time. To achieve such a highly polished ratio takes a staggering 168 hours of work; much greater than the average 30-36 hours of polishing for a ‘regular’ Junmai Daiginjo. Dassai 23 was created to see the lengths that brewers could push the famed Yamada Nishi rice to whilst still creating a sake of balance and complexity.

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Dassai 39

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 39%
S.M.V. — +3.0
Vol — 720ml

From a fruit-driven expression on the nose, through to a rich palate of ripe Golden Delicious apples and a full fruit basket of flavours, a crisp finish and mouth-watering acidity.

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Dassai 39 fits nicely between its siblings of 23 and 45. This very high level of seimaibuai provides a balance between the incredibly refined nature of the 23 and the more generous & immediately approachable style of the Dassai 45. It also has the greatest kaleidoscope of fruit flavours amongst the three expressions of Dassai.

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Dassai 45

Who — Asahi Shuzō
What — Yamada Nishiki
Where — Yamaguchi, Japan
Style — Junmai Daiginjo
Polishing Ratio — 45%
S.M.V. — +3.0
Vol — 720ml

Aromas of cantaloupe, almond and white flowers, leading through to sweet flavours of ripe peach, grape, and blueberry on the palate.

+ Read More

Dassai 45 replaced the previous bottling of Dassai 50, with an extra 5% seimaibuai. The additional polishing represents the continued approach towards refinement & quality of the brewery, whilst not attempting to make it too extreme or ‘refined’ an expression. The 45 still retains a delicate combination of fruity and floral characters to the nose, that was previously seen with the Dassai 50 with just a touch of additional restraint to the flavours. The style of Dassai 45 makes it the most approachable of the core range from the brewery.   

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