Asahi-Shuzo (Yamaguchi) Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. Reviews




hopdog
3.5
Dassai (Otter Festival) 50
Poured like a sake ... some honey, rice, and the smell and lighter taste of alcohol.
Friday, July 01, 2016

KyotoLefty
4.1
Dassai Tougai 23 Sake
70 cl bottle from Yamamoto. Clear, bit oily. Nice ose, spicy koji, cedar, pepper, pear, dry. Rather sweet, very fruity flavor, peppery, light spice, great lingering fruit. Lovely. Crisp, clean. . Very, very nice.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Marheb
3.6
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
(Bouteille provenant du Whole Foods Pasadena): Minéraux, force anisée, amandes et des traces de sucre blanc enveloppés dans une feuille de riz. L’anis est très dominant, soyez avertis.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Jow
3.4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Quick flight prior to TriBeCa film fest. Fine looking and nose of light melons and coconut. Tastes of honey dew, coconut, yeast, rice and jelly beans. Touch hot but smooth enough
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jow
3.5
Dassai Nigori Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Craft at the Laotion joint Khe-yo. Milky pour. Nose is melon and some almond. Tastes of almond, honey dew, resin, rice, slight herbal, slight sweet nectar. Pretty good. Non sparkling
Friday, February 05, 2016

mar
3.9
Dassai (Otter Festival) 50
Clear with a hint of yellow from the honey I assume? Honey, florals, pear, green apple and sweet. Smooth palate, light alcohol, green apple, pear, viscous, no sign of alcohol in finish.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

KoRoBeNiKi
3.5
Dassai Nigori Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
From Ootoya in NYC Listed as Dassai Nigori Yamaguchi. It’s description "This one is rich, milky and full of apples and melons on the palate" Pours light white with some milky brown in their also. Looks a bit like Korean rice wine. Smell is of fruits, more melon than apple, along with light almond, and light alcohol. Taste is similar. It’s quite complex and not super pricey. Very nice
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

KoRoBeNiKi
3.6
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Pours as mostly clear water so appearance is funny to rate. Aroma of sweet fruit as well as citrus and some light rice. Sweet with a very light alcoholic backbone. Would be a good introduction to Daiginjo as it is a good mix of flavor, not super citrus-y or sweet. Excellent.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

gnoff
4.2
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Bottle 300 ml thanks to Ingo! Sampled on May 3, 2015.
Where the only text I understood was "Dassai 23", also something like 23% and the number 16, guessing the ABV?
Could also see a web address for asahishunzo.ne.jp on the label.
Light purple paper cover over the neck, tied with some purple string as well. This bottle had sat in Ingo’s fridge for about one year, and since I’ve understood sake should drink fresh, we were not expecting much whn this was opened.
Pours very clear pale birch sap color, almost completely colorless, or towards water. No head but generous thick legs pointing towards a high alcohol content. Fantastic fresh lychee, Japaneese pear, fruity scent. Sweet, alcohol, Japaneese pear taste. Rather dry bitter alcohol finish. Full mouthfeel. Much warming alcohol.
Very nice drink!
Has held up really well and could possibly be the best sake I’ve yet to sample.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

RafeAU
4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
I’ve drunk numerous sakes, first time rating. not sure how to rate appearance and palate. The dassai 23 has exceptionally low proportion of the rice remaining. ????23%?this makes it incredibly smooth and drinkable ????? but perhaps with less aroma and character than their not quite as smooth 50 daiginjo. nevertheless this is a great sake.
Monday, April 13, 2015

KyotoLefty
4.2
Dassai 2 Wari 3 Bu Enshin Bunri Origarami Gantan Todoke Sake
The centrifugally-filtered lightly nigori version of this daiginjo. Glass at Jam. Lightly cloudy. Lemony nose, milky, lactic, yogurt, minerals, vanilla, almost perfume but in a good way. Lemony rice flavor, fruity, oily, silky. Light but full. It has an ethereal lightness from the super-high polish (23%), but the yeast in it seems to give it a fullness that the regular version lacks, making it more weighty and, I think, better. Great.
Friday, January 02, 2015

williamherbert
3.6
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Very floral. Actually has a grapefruit component, almost like a hop. Pure white in color, cloudy. A champagne flowery finish.
Thursday, January 01, 2015

HuskerTan
2.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Bottle. A- Slightly sweet, soft green apples, alcohol. A- White color, clear liquid, no head. T- Melons, green apple, dry, crisp, alcohol, slightly sweet. P- Light body, thin texture, average carbonation, sharp finish, O- The best sake I’ve had but really doesn’t taste much different from any other. A little drier and less alcohol burn but certainly not worth the $100/bottle price.
Sunday, October 26, 2014

jredmond
3
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Sake flight sampled at Sakagura with Linh and Zahra. Pours a clear, still body. Doesn’t really deviate too far from the standard sake in my mind; notes of grassy fresh melon, rice, wine, alcohol and maybe some faint additional fruits in the back. A bit too hot for my personal preference, but not awful.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

jredmond
2.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 39 Sake
Sake flight at Sakagura with Linh and Zahra. Pours a clear white body with light cloudiness. Aroma is rice and burning alcohol. This was definitly on the more aggressive side in comparison to the other 7 we sampled with the grain alcohol character at the forefront of the palate. Additional flavor of rice and melon in the way back hiding behind the alcohol.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

jredmond
3.7
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Saki Flight sampled at Sakegura with Linh and Zahra. Clear body with light cloudy haze. Aroma is fresh fruit - peaches, strawberries and melon. Alcohol on the nose as well, but not as aggressive as some of the other sakes we tried along side this one. Flavors include rice wine, vanilla, wonderful combination of fruit and alcohol. This sake seemed to be a bit more delicate with the fruit character and alcohol playing together well.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jow
3.8
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Grabbed some quick sushi with wife and kid and couldnt pass up affordable daiginjo. Pours light Chardonnay. Nose is big tropical fruit and rice. Tastes of overripe honeydew, pineapple, rice, vanilla, and some white wine. Pretty big flavors and creamy texture. Delightful
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tonkun
3.7
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
300 ml bottle. Clear pour. Banana, floral and soft spring-like aroma. Smooth, medium body. Less complex than other junmai daiginjou, and has a light alcoholic and rice-flavor finish typical of a lesser sake. Overall a nice and approachable sake
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

sunevdj
3.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle at T&M’s sake and bukakke fest. Pours a clear almost colourless. Sweet with aromas of marzipan. Also hints of vanilla. Very nice and mild. Medium to light bodied. Hints of white pepper and alcohol towards the finish. Light dry finish with more vanilla.
Saturday, February 22, 2014

HuskerTan
3
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle. A- Apples, Lemons, citrus, alcohol. A- Light color, clear liquid. T- Medium sweetness, apples, lemons. P- Light body, thin texture, high carbonation, crisp dry finish. O- A good sake that is very dry and mildly sweet.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MicroGrog
4.1
Dassai Nigori Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake

Note: Non-sparkling.

Bottle sampled at Astor Wines. Stemmy wine glass.
Pours a milky, grey sort of whitewash. Almost paint-like.
Smell is subtle & reminiscent of rice pudding(starchy). Laced with apple acidity, coconut oil, & just a smidge of bitter melon.
The taste just builds on that. Mellow, almond milk-like sweetness. Hints of restrained apple, banana, & pineapple steeped in said milk. Soft herbal bitters gently baked into sticky rice. A mild, yeasty finish.
Texture is absolutely soft & creamy. Well, well below what I would describe as heavy or thick.
Yum. :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

MicroGrog
2.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake

Tasting at Astor Wines. Just called "Dassai 23" in ’Merica. I had to put on the puppy dog eyes for this one after it "ran out".
Pretty purple paper neck wrap. Sake was clear & still.
Super subtle, a little disappointing. Similar profile to the 39, but just more airy & delicate(re:restrained). Maybe more banana then apple this time, and definitely no where near as hot. Earthy yeast.
Flavor is tiptoeing apple acidity & powdered sugar dusted pineapple sweetness. Just a twinge of complimenting bitterness that is very neutral. Light to moderate starch. A little watery, yet slick.
I trust what I can taste & smell, but I probably took too big a baby step with this one.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

MicroGrog
3.5
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake

Sampled at Astor Wines. Stemmy wine glass. Pretty Japanese women of proper childbearing age.
Thin, murky almond/coconut milk consistency. Short soda fizzle.
Scent of apples, bitter orange, licorice, clay.
White grapes, grapefruit. More tart then acidic. A bitterness, more fruity like tarragon then anise. Had sort of a stiff mimosa quality to it.
Short, popping carbonation. Starchy. Yeasty. Short alcohol.
Tall glasses of this in the morning seem quite appropriate.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

MicroGrog
3.1
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 39 Sake

Sampled at Astor Wines. Stemmy wine glass. Pretty Japanese girls in white robes.
Clear. with just barely a yellow tint to it.
Scent is a touch sharp, hot, & fruity, with more pineapple then banana or apple.
Flavor is more of a mixed bag. Apple acidity, light on the pineapple. Just a twinge of green bitterness. Starchy, boozy finish.
This one was pretty popular with the tasting group. No comprende.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

williamstome
3.8
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Clear, light straw color like white wine. Floral, earthy aroma with light fruity and rice notes. Flavor is earthy, of sweet vanilla and custard with notes of apple and pineapple. Light, smooth body with slightly spicy finish.
Sunday, August 04, 2013

Theis
3.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle in Tokyo. Clear watery - no head. Dry. Fruity. Citrus. Plums. Light sulfor. Some light plastic/badedyr. Wooden. Licorice. Charcoal/smokey notes. Apple. Green apple freshness. Light flowery notes. Some fat caramelised pear notes in the taste. Dry light alcoholic finish.
Sunday, April 07, 2013

KyotoLefty
4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 48 Shiboritate Nama Sake
700 ml bottle from Yamamoto. Chilled. Clear, icy looking. Herbal nose with cedar, pepper, peaches. Nice but not quite as fragrant as I had hoped. Full rounded body. Silky smooth and nearly perfect. Very fruity flavor, estery, peaches, melon, persimmons, pepper. Spicy and tasty. Long, tingly aftertaste. Very delicious. Not so different from their regular 50, but a bit fresher.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Travlr
3.5
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
Bottle. Milky white color. Aroma of rice paper. Taste is very subtle anise, almond. Easy drinking.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

thedm
3.3
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
This bottled Sake from rbsg #49 poured a head of frothy fine to medium sized clear colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a and a oily lacing. The aroma was polished rice and mild vinous. . The strong flavor contained notes of polished rice rice vinous and alcohol. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Saturday, December 29, 2012

asg123
4.4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
I have a 300ml bottle of dassai 23 waiting for a special occasion so I won’t compare the two but- I’ve had a handful of daiginjos now- this imo is better than gekkikan horin, pure dusk, and in general just about as good as it gets. Also incredible price it’s fantastic.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

bu11zeye
3.9
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
(Bottle) Pours a clear body with nice legs. Aroma of almond, marzipan, juniper berries, and rice. Flavor of almond, juniper, pineapple, ginger, and citrus.
Friday, December 07, 2012

bu11zeye
3.8
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
(360ml bottle) Pours a cloudy milky white body. Aroma of coconut, marzipan, and pineapple. Flavor of marzipan, earth, rice, pineapple, and coconut.
Thursday, December 06, 2012

anders37
3.6
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
Bottle. Pours a hazy milky white color with no head. Has a fruity spicy rice aroma with milky hints. Fruity sparkling spicy rice flavor. Has a fruity spicy sparkling rice finish.
Thursday, August 09, 2012

daknole
3.8
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
Thanks to Kyotolefty! Pours a skim milk white. Aroma of unripe melon, sweet wild flowers, very herbal and floral. Almost a pine note in the flavor, some sweetness and again a sticky sweet floral flavor. Cool stuff!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

alexsdad06
3.6
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Sampled at RBSG ’10 thanks to kyotolefty. Pours clear like water. Nose is sweet fruity, anise, florals with some alcohol. Flavors are same; sweet, fruity, anise and spikes of alcohol. This was much different than any other sake I had ever tried.
Monday, August 06, 2012

brokensail
3.9
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
Pours a hazy, milky white color with a small white head. Amazing fruitiness on the nose, a hint of anise, white wine, light alcohol, and a mild herbal quality. Quite sweet, with a bit of sugar. The flavor is lightly herbal, almost a bit of gin, alcohol, sugar, and anise. This one is a little bit boozy/hot. Not quite as fruity as the nose, but the flavor is still quite good.
Friday, July 27, 2012

brokensail
3.8
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Pours clear with no head and some nice legs. Smells very sweet, fruity, and tropical. Pineapple, coconut, white grape, and rice. Flavor has an interesting anise flavor to go along with the fruit. A little bit boozy, but still drinkable. Not quite as much on the tropical note, but there is a hint of coconut and pineapple to it.
Friday, July 27, 2012

yespr
4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
18 cl bottle. Pours clear with no head. Aroma is smooth fruity, light wineous. Smooth, fruity and lingering mellow. Smooth fruity and lingering into the finish.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

yespr
3.8
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
37.5 cl bottle. Pours hazy white with a small white head. Smooth fruity and crisp aroma. Wineous and fruity. Carbonated. Lingering fruity and crisp into the finish.
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Theis
4
Dassai (Otter Festival) 50
Drank at Ki Sushi, Brooklyn. Clear watery (light yellow glow) - no head. Nice cedar, flowery notes, apple, pear, light honey notes, light rice, smooth body. lovely.
Sunday, March 25, 2012

Benjii
3.5
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
In bottle at Craigs. Pours a slightly yellow, clear colour. A distinct aroma of Bertie Bassett’s blue bobbly brim, coconut and alcohol. Similar liquorice, coconut and alcohol flavours. Tasty.
Saturday, March 17, 2012

dantheman278
3.8
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s. Clear pour. Big aniseed, slight pineapple, pretty rough alcohol nose. A distinct note of Bertie Bassett’s blue bobbly brim. Slightly aniseed palate, but some juicy coconut also. Finish is surprisingly clean considering the nose.
Saturday, March 17, 2012

cgarvieuk
3.4
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake
Bottle at home .. thanks to Jan (as he had already rated it and and didnt need a 2nd Bottle :-} ) ... clear ... earthy ... little aniseed ... soft rice nose ... sweet front ... mellow aniseeed ... little coconut ... tones of the Jelly bobbly licorice allsorts ...
Saturday, March 17, 2012

thebeertourist
3.5
Dassai Happo Nigorizake 50 Sparkling Sake
From bottle at Sakebar, Paris. Milky colours, small bubbles. A bit of anise, some coconut, a hint of fruit. Complex.
Friday, November 18, 2011

thebeertourist
3.6
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
From bottle at Sakebar, Paris. Transparant. Dry and herbal, a slight hint of coconut. Subtle.
Friday, November 18, 2011

GothGargoyle
3.6
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle at Kamei Royale in Vancouver. Pours clear. Aroma is sweet fruits. Taste is also sweet and fruity with hints of floral herbs. Very smooth on the palate.
Thursday, October 27, 2011

anders37
3.5
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle @ chriso. Pours a clear water color with no head. Has a sweetish yeasty spicy rice aroma. Sweetish grainy spicy weak yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish spicy grainy finish.
Friday, October 07, 2011

fonefan
3.5
Dassai (Otter Festival) 50

Bottle 720ml. @ [ The Pool Tabel Tasting in Rome ].

Crystal clear water colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy rice, fruity, citrus and honey notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, young fruit, apple - pineapple - lemon. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is flat. [20101220]

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

fonefan
3.7
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 2 Wari 3 Bu Sake

Bottle 720ml. @ Brasserie 4:20, Via Portuense 82, Roma, Italy.

Crystal clear water colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate rice, fruity - pineapple, coconuts. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, rice, fruity, light alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily - smooth, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110516]

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Miksu
3.1
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 Sake
Bottle at Chris O’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Looks almost like water. Tart perfumy aroma with raspberry. Slightly sweet and tart flavor with raspberry, honey and starch. Oily warming mouthfeel.
Friday, August 26, 2011