Superbly balanced, plush sake with honeydew, apple and strawberry flavours.
Sakurai Hiroshi took over Asahi Shuzo at the age of 34 from his father, at a point when the brewery was virtually on the verge of bankruptcy. Wanting to improve their saké, Sakurai realised that instead of a mediocre product people wanted a high quality drinking experience so went about focusing the breweries efforts on highly refined, sipping daiginjo.
Asahi Shuzo is located in the city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture and only uses yamada-nishki rice (some say Dassai helped cement the reputation of yamada rice).
The next step up from the famed Dassai 50. The polishing takes significantly more time and effort, resulting in a much cleaner saké whilst still retaining its soft and fruity flavours.
This saké is:
Junmai (no added alcohol)
Daiginjo (39% yamada rice remaining)