Dassai Sake Brewery

Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo Yamaguchi Sake

9.247 ratings
9.310 pro ratings
Yamaguchi, Japan
Rice
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9.5

Many years ago I decided that unlike wine which can so clearly evoke place, sake tasting notes were much more evocative of time - specifically a moment in time and all the atmosphere that comes with it. To wit: one of my favorite sakes this Dassai “23” reminds me of that moment when the year’s first snowfall has completely melted in the next day’s sun. Wonderfully silky notes of rainwater, malted milk, white flowers and cooked taro root linger beautifully with a great purity. The 23 here refers to the fact that the rice has been polished to 23% of its former mass, far in excess of the 50% required by its Daiginjo designation. This is a lot harder than it sounds, and quite a feat when it comes to sake. Sake seduction to be sure.

Many years ago I decided that unlike wine which can so clearly evoke place, sake tasting notes were much more evocative of time - specifically a moment in time and all the atmosphere that comes with it. To wit: one of my favorite sakes this Dassai “23” reminds me of that moment when the year’s first snowfall has completely melted in the next day’s sun. Wonderfully silky notes of rainwater, malted milk, white flowers and cooked taro root linger beautifully with a great purity. The 23 here refers to the fact that the rice has been polished to 23% of its former mass, far in excess of the 50% required by its Daiginjo designation. This is a lot harder than it sounds, and quite a feat when it comes to sake. Sake seduction to be sure.

Jan 24th, 2021
David Greenwald

Perfect finish.

Perfect finish.

1 person found it helpfulDec 18th, 2014
David Eckert

Love floral notes soft on the finish but long.

Love floral notes soft on the finish but long.

Aug 3rd, 2015
Denis Roudenko

17/20 (93/100)

#japan #sake #pts93

Dec 23rd, 2014
Kimberly Charles

23% polish rate Dassai Junmai Daigino Yamaguchi

23% polish rate Dassai Junmai Daigino Yamaguchi

May 16th, 2014
Andy Hock

Dry and clean. Beautiful

Dry and clean. Beautiful

Jan 28th, 2019
Evelyn Marin

Best Daiginjo ever! Super pure and clean. Only 23% is left after polishing. Hence the "23" in the name.

Best Daiginjo ever! Super pure and clean. Only 23% is left after polishing. Hence the "23" in the name.

Feb 12th, 2016
Joe Beddia

$25 decent junmai daiginjo

$25 decent junmai daiginjo

Feb 3rd, 2016
Ross Hensley

Nice simi dry clean crisp

Nice simi dry clean crisp

Jan 25th, 2016
Abe Froman

Company Christmas lunch. Great bottle w the gang!

Company Christmas lunch. Great bottle w the gang!

Dec 24th, 2015