On Saturday 12th November 2016 (between 4-7pm), at Hedonism Wines, a sake tasting had taken place where a full range of Dassai sake was available to taste (Dassai 23, 39, 50 & Beyond), and Ms Kaoru Iida, Dassai Representative of Europe, came to talk about the range of Dassai Sake available that day.
The Full range of Dassai Sake to sample that day included:
-Dassai 23 (With its rice milling of 23% which is the highest milling of all commercial sake has been received very well around the world. Gorgeous aroma of melons and peaches, and elegant long finish);
-Dassai 39 (With its rice milling of 39%, it is a second best quality defined by its rice milling after 23%. It has smooth and mellow taste with refreshing finish);
-Dassai 50 (Even though this is the lowest grade in the DASSAI lineup, the DASSAI 50 still meets our quality standards. The rice is milled down to 50%); and
-Dassai Beyond (“The idea of a sake “beyond” became the touchstone for their work. Crafting a sake of such transcendent excellence meant going beyond polishing numbers and the provenance of rice and water. It demanded going beyond normal flavor profiles to coax levels of depth, complexity and smoothness from rice that had never been tasted before in a sake.”)
At Asahi Shuzo, one of the most unique breweries in Japan, they brew only premium Junmai Daiginjo sake.
DASSAI sake is created using a careful combination of tradition and cutting edge technology. Their brewery is a medley of ancient tools and innovative equipment and uses what works, both in the old world and the new.
DASSAI sake is all about quality, and not quantity, both in how they brew it, as well as in how they hope you enjoy it.
This beautiful event was organised by Honami Matsumoto, Founder of House of Sake. It was also a pleasure to meet Ms Kaoru Iida.
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Short History of Dassai
“The name of our sake, DASSAI, means “otter festival,” and the origins convey much of what we are about. Apart from the fact that part of the name referred to the ancient name for the region in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, a long time ago, there used to be many otters frolicking in the nearby rivers. Otters would lay out the fish that they catch on the shore, almost as if they are showing them off in a festival. This led to references to “otter festivals” in ancient poems.”
“A famous haiku poet named Masaoka Shiki that lived about a century ago referred to himself as DASSAI, because of his propensity to scatter his reading material all over the floor of his room in much the same way as otter spread out their fish.” Masaoka created a revolution in Japanese literature during his time.
Dassai wants to convey that nuance too, as part of our philosophy of sake brewing. The theme underlying DASSAI sake is “Making sake is making dreams: opening a new era of sake.”