Dassai Beyond

Asahi Shuzo - Dassai

With Dassai 45, 39, and 23 under their belt, Asahi Shuzo decided to take the next step and go Beyond. The ambition was to go beyond what was already widely considered the "perfect" sake in Japan, Dassai 23. And so, Dassai founder Hiroshi Sakurai and his small group of the finest sake artisans began their ten-year journey, culminating in Dassai Beyond. Shop Japanese sake online delivered to your home.

Dassai Beyond

Asahi Shuzo - Dassai

With Dassai 45, 39, and 23 under their belt, Asahi Shuzo decided to take the next step and go Beyond. The ambition was to go beyond what was already widely considered the "perfect" sake in Japan, Dassai 23. And so, Dassai founder Hiroshi Sakurai and his small group of the finest sake artisans began their ten-year journey, culminating in Dassai Beyond.

Annual production is limited to a few thousand bottles, and the fermentation is longer and at a lower temperature. The brewing process is shrouded in mystery (the polish ratio is undisclosed, for example) but what is clear is that Beyond transcends the realm of sake. This sake, along with Dassai 23, was the sake Prime Minister Abe chose to present to President Obama during his trip to Japan in 2014.

ML.
720
VOL.
ALC.
16%
VOL.

ABOUT THIS BOTTLE

DASSAI BEYOND

Asahi Shuzo doesn't want drinkers to perceive Beyond as something "more perfect" than Dassai 23, but instead, as a totally different entity. In fact, they suggest drinking it after having a glass of Dassai 23 to really appreciate what makes Beyond different. Comparatively speaking, Beyond is a little more complex, a little more mineral, slightly less creamy and less sweet on the palate. It achieves in bringing body and elegance in a bottle. It has gentle pear, citrus, rhubarb, and wild rose notes, all braided up in silky, elegant layers. As Miles Davis said, writing about music is like dancing about architecture— we can talk all night about Dassai Beyond, but in the end, you'll just have to try it.

TASTING NOTES

Rice Polishing Ratio

Secret


HOW TO ENJOY

PAIRING

Too special to be had with food...but if you must, oysters, crab, scallops, wild vegetables.

SERVING

Best served chilled and in white wine glasses to bring out the aroma and taste.

Through crises and difficulties, Asahi Shuzo has carefully innovated their own unique way to brew sake. Over the past few years they adapted their work to produce sake year-round (instead of just during sake season), something all but unheard-of in the industry. By producing sake steadily, they have succeeded in minimizing variables, allowing them to focus on the minutiae of the craft. These details include labor-intensive hand-craft methods that have been proven over centuries to yield better sake, but also the most modern technology applied in the right measure, in the right places.