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Dassai Sake

Dassai Sake represents the best of traditional Japanese rice wine, inviting both connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy its exceptional taste. Meticulously crafted with precision and expertise, it offers a delightful fusion of rich flavours and velvety textures.

A gem in the world of rice wine, Dassai Sake is known for its high quality and inclusivity. It is intended to be accessible to everyone and not just a product of mass consumption.

History and origin

Dassai hails from Japan, and the word “Dassai” translates to “otter festival” in Japanese. Famously known as the Asahi Shuzo, the Dassai Sake brewery was founded in 1948. Since then, it has been committed to manufacturing the finest sake using long-established techniques and top-grade ingredients.

Why is Dassai so famous?

Dassai is famous for making premium-quality Junmai Daiginjo sake accessible to nearly everyone through affordable pricing. Its unique marketing strategy transformed the brand from near bankruptcy to a globally renowned sake brand worth almost $100M.

What are the different types of Dassai sake and their flavour profiles?

Each number represents a unique expression of sake Dassai, offering varying levels of complexity, depth, and elegance. They are:

Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo

Dassai 23 designates that it has been polished to 23% of its original size. This sake embodies purity and refinement with its high polishing ratio, offering a smooth and sophisticated drinking experience. It is known for its delicate sweetness, which is well balanced by crisp acidity, making it a favourite among sake enthusiasts.

Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo

Dassai 39 has been polished down to 39% of its original size, leading to a smooth texture with hints of sweetness and a refreshing finish. This sake complements well with a wide range of dishes boasting fruity notes of pineapples, mangoes, apples and pears. The Dassai 39 promises to leave you satisfied with a versatile drinking experience.

Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo

With a polishing percentage of 45%, the Dassai 45 offers a smooth sake with floral notes and hints of blossom and melon. This sake is ideal for those seeking a refreshing drink as it offers fruity notes with hints of apple, orange, and pear. The Dassai 45 can be enjoyed chilled or at room temperature.  

What is the highest grade of Dassai?

Dassai Beyond is currently known as the highest-grade sake.

Why is Dassai Beyond so expensive?

Dassai Beyond is expensive due to its exceptional quality, achieved through the use of Yamada Nishiki rice, often referred to as the “king of sake rice.” Additionally, Dassai Beyond has the highest polishing ratio, contributing to its refined taste and rarity, thus commanding a higher price.

Serving tips: How do you drink Dassai?

Dassai is a versatile sake that can be enjoyed in varying ways according to personal preference. Whether chilled, at room temperature, or warm, this sake offers delicate flavours and a smooth texture with every sip.

Does Dassai need to be refrigerated?

It does not necessarily need to be chilled if it is to be consumed within a short period. However, to preserve its quality, it is suggested that you keep your Dassai in a cool, dark place for long-term storage.

Food pairings: What food pairs well with Dassai?

Elevate your dining experience with Dassai Sake. Here are some tips on enhancing the flavour combinations that would delight your palate:

For traditional Japanese cuisine, pair your Dassai with sushi, sashimi, or tempura. These foods complement well with the sake’s sweetness and crisp acidity. With its versatile flavour profile and clean finish, this sake can be paired with other cuisines, such as Thai or Chinese.


Dassai has received numerous awards and accolades for its collections. The Dassai 23 has been a regular champion at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. In 2013, it bagged silver, gold in 2014 and 2015, and bronze in 2016. The Dassai 23 also won silver at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards in 2015.

Elevating Malaysian palates with a taste of Japanese sake excellence

Immerse yourself in a journey of artistry and tradition for the ultimate sake of indulgence. Don’t miss out— buy a bottle and savour the taste of Dassai today!

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