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Dassai Blue Type 23 Junmai Daiginjo Yamaha Nishiki Sake

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 9
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Proof: 28 (14 %)
Price: $79.99 720 ML
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A wonderful sake, Outstanding and subtle at the same time.

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Notes: Made by Dassai USA in Hyde Park, New York  ( for the rest of the world, read somewhat north of New York City in the Hudson Valley, but not what the rest of us call Upstate New York). Dassai is part of a growing trend of not only non-Japanese sake production but also East Coast US – almost everyone prior has been California-based.  There is also, of course, a Dassai Sake from Japan, but we are not familiar with the exact relationship between these two companies or any dynamics between the two, so we will not comment on that. Dassai’s Sake is made from only four ingredients – high-quality Yamada Nishiki rice, local water, koji mold, and carefully selected yeast. The rice is polished to 23 % , which is a careful ( and expensive ) milling ( think trimming or making cuts/ percentages of total) to the rice, which makes it a premium product just from production costs) No additives whatsoever of any kind. Also, all of their Sakes are only pasteurized once (whereas many others are pasteurized twice) so there is a lot more flavor- the trade-off, however, is that the Sake needs to be kept refrigerated at all times prior to serving,

Appearance: Clear as mountain springwater

First Impression: Bears an interesting resemblance to something between a Chardonnay and a Reisling in terms of aromatics but much more subtle, with scents of grape, flowers, strawberries, tropical fruit,

Taste: Jaggery brown sugar, plums or very subtle dates, mineral structure to the water, and delicate overtones from the rice, water, and koji make for a very complex but subtle, understated sake. The finish is Shiripin – Long and lingering in a good way.

Drinks: Really, it’s more about pairing than mixing drinks with this sake. It is truly excellent with good sushi or sashimi!

Bottle: Nicely done and tasteful presentation.

Other: We used a traditional Sake tasting and grading cup – similar in appearance and thickness to a Japanese tea cup/mug with deep blue rings to judge clarity on the bottom and straight walls to it- so if you are using different drinking vessels, your perceptions may be different from what we are getting.

Final Thoughts: When you are ready to trade up and stop drinking the abysmal crap your local Japanese restaurant serves, buy this sake. Truly elevates your meal and you.

Website: www.dassai.com 

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