Sparkling Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo Sake 360ml
The captivating Dassai 45 is given a Champagne-style secondary fermentation in the bottle, creating what is probably the world’s finest sparkling sake.
Dassai is made at Asahi Shuzo, located in Yamaguchi prefecture in the southwest of Japan. The name means ‘otter festival’, as apparently the otters in the local river appeared to lay out the fish they had caught as if they were having a party. The brewery’s motto is every bit as endearing as their name: “there is no reason for us to craft sake unless it’s super delicious.” As a result, they produce only super premium sake of Junmai Daiginjo level, the most refined sake grade there is. Using only the best Yamada Nishiki (considered the king of sake rice) polished up to incredible levels, Dassai’s beautifully crafted sakes regularly win prizes at international competitions. They are to sake what the First Growths are to the fine wine world.
Dassai 45 is named after the polishing ratio number – in this case 45%, because 55% of each rice grain is gently milled away. This polishing unlocks all the sweet fruity nuances that can often be overwhelmed by some of the more umami and funky notes of less refined rice. Yeast is added to the bottle to create the sparkling version, resulting in a slightly cloudy ‘Nigori’ style sake. The vivid honeydew melon, tropical sorbet and crunchy orchard fruit of its still counterpart are present, but the bubbles seem to amplify a decadent breakfast of homemade granola and full-fat milk, accompanied by Champagne. So, expect notes of toasted nuts, cereals, dried fruit, banana chips, a rich creaminess and the dry, bubbly and yeasty finish of Champagne.
For those new to sake, and particularly for those who are already fans of Champagne, there’s no better place to start your journey than this. Best served chilled and enjoyed with celebrations, sashimi, sushi, tempura, ceviche, aguachile, Baja tacos and cooked or continental breakfasts.
£6.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3604930
Style No.: 860777
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