月別アーカイブ: 2020年2月

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Introducing New Dassai products!

Dassai sake is created using a careful combination of tradition and cutting-edge technology. The brewery behind the Dassai Brand, Asahi Shuzo, is a medley of ancient tools and innovative equipment. In short, Dassai sake is all about quality, and not quantity, both in how it’s brewed, as well as in how we hope you enjoy it.

It is made with top quality rice, easily the best rice for sake brewing, Yamada Nishiki. The outer portion is milled away, grinding away the outer half or more of each grain before brewing. Why this extravagance? Because this takes advantage of just what is so special about Yamada Nishiki.

At Asahi Shuzo, only premium Junmai Daiginjo sake is brewed. There are but a few breweries in all of Japan that focus all effort on making only top-grade sake. This commitment defines every aspect of the brewery’s existence.

We are introducing two new Dassai Junmai Daiginjo products – Dassai 39 and Dassai 23!

Dassai 39 Junmai Daigino 300ml, 720ml

Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo is light and balanced with soft fruity flavors and a mild acidity.  Dassai 39 is for when you want something smooth and drinkable that is not too precocious.  The “39” in its name means the rice was milled down to 39% of its original size. Enjoy the flowery and expertly balanced Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo’s pleasant and addictive notes of ripe pineapples, mangoes, apples and pears.

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Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo 300ml

This Junmai Daiginjo was born from a single challenge – polishing Yamada Nishiki to the limit of limits – 23% remaining of the original rice grain. The nose presents an irresistibly elegant flowery bouquet with a soft, delicate, honey-like sweetness, and the flavor blooms exquisitely in your mouth. The long finish is a gentle waterfall of flavor that hits the center of your palate and dissipates into bliss-like mists, begging for another sip.

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*Please note that these products are PICK UP ONLY since they require refrigeration.

 

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28th February is Biscuit Day!

What Is Biscuit Day?

The biscuit originally came into existence as a convenient, portable food for soldiers.  Since biscuits are inexpensive, long-lasting and made from simple ingredients such as flour, water, and sometimes salt, they were a key component of a soldier’s rations. After that, improvements were made, eventually coming into its modern form as a delicious cookie or biscuit.

The word biscuit is derived from the Latin words bis (twice) and coquere, coctus (to cook, cooked), and, hence, means “twice-cooked”. This is because biscuits were originally cooked in a twofold process: first baked, and then dried out in a slow oven.

With the arrival of the Black Ships from the West, the biscuit was welcomed in Japan and received favorable recognition. The description of the biscuit appears on the Hoan Shibata diary for the first time in Japan.  Shibata was a Confucian doctor who practiced in Nagasaki at the end of the Edo Period.  Noticing that the biscuit is a preserved food, Shinnosuke Hagi, an official of the Mito Domain, asked Shibata to learn and report on the process of manufacturing biscuits from the Dutch.  After spending time learning in Nagasaki, Shibata wrote down the process and sent it to Shinnosuke Hagi on 28 February 1855. This was the first document in Japan describing the biscuit manufacturing method. To commemorate this date, it was established as Biscuit Day in Japan by the National Biscuit Association in 1980.

Also, in goroawase, which is an especially common form of Japanese wordplay, the phrase “nido yaku” (bake twice) represents numbers 2 (ni) and 8 (ya).

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Try a Dessert on Biscuit Day!

Yuzu Umeshu is very refreshing and light. It has just the right amount of sweetness of plum and refreshing taste of yuzu with a slight touch of bitterness.

Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu tastes clean and is rich in flavor thanks to a perfectly harmonious combination of the sweetness of umeshu and the tartness of yuzu.

It is great as an aperitif with light meals such as salads, sandwiches or desserts. You can also use it to make desserts. We know one which is just perfect for Biscuit Day! Just put some crumbled biscuit on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pour Yuzu Umeshu over it and enjoy!

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