977:Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 48 Kanzukuri Hayabune Shiboritate Nama(Yamaguchi Prefecture)

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Five friends from work held a drinking party for me being appointed to transfer to other section of the company. As you know, dedicated drinkers always find reason to gather and have drinks. The party was held at my favorite pub “Y.”

A female manager runs this small pub just by herself. “Y” is also a venue of monthly “Minazuki Society,” the drinking session of dedicated drinkers, who do not know their age, occupation and full name each other. At every session, the manager serves about five kinds of sake we never have tried.

Other than a regular sake list, the manager obtained rare sake especially for our party. Although I have had several kinds of Dassai before, this was my first time to drink “Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 48 Kanzukuri Hayabune Shiboritate Nama.” I couldn’t help smiling with pleasure. After a toast with beer, we readily cracked the bottle of sake.

“So good!” I blurted out. It tastes rich and profound. There is some feel of sweetness and tartness. It has very complex flavor with plenty of umami, sour-sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Aroma is gorgeous. Umm, this is definitely delicious. “Good, so good,” everyone continued drinking with oohing and ahhing.

Suddenly, someone said, “It has the flavor of orange.” “No way!” All the rest of us took a sip in doubt. But it was true. I exclaimed automatically, “Ah, that’s true. It has much of fresh and fruity orange flavor!” I wasn’t sure whether the orange flavor was a natural taste of the sake or it was derived by combination of sake and food. In any case, that was very interesting.

All of us loved this orange flavor. Unlike our usual manner of drinking many different sake we only drunk this sake endlessly and emptied 1.8 liter bottle quickly.

The label says, “This sake is based on Junmai Daiginjo of 50% rice-polishing rate, blended with Junmai Daiginjo of 39% rice-polishing rate in the proportion of eight to two. Both Junmai Daiginjo are made by using sake-rice Yamada Nishiki. Junmai Daiginjo Shiboritate has both refleshing taste of Junmai Daiginjo 50 and gorgeous aroma of Migaki 39%.” I was so impressed by through explanation. It is a good example of how bottle label discloses information. The brewery’s attitude toward consumers deserves credit. This is Dassai!

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By Sakekaeru
A former journalist for a local newspaper agency. Registered domicile, address, age: Unknown. He likes to drink sake that he has never tried before. Usually keeps a sake warmer at his favored izakaya restaurant. He believes that saying "I will start with a beer" at a drinking party is disrespectful to beer and sake, so it should start with sake. He prefers rich sake with a sour taste. Each year, he drinks over 500 different kinds of sake.

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