It is an amazake made from koji with no added sugar. The "Shinsei" version is the amazake we would like you to have, as well as your loved ones who are fighting during these challenging times.
It is made from the king of sake rice: Yamada Nishiki, polished down to 50% of the original grain size. The rice grade is a non-standard "Togai" grade. It is important for Dassai to not waste resources and better: to make something great out of it.
What is "Shinsei"?
The effects that various substances born from fermentation have on humans have been valued since ancient times and are often known as the "best of all medicines". Shinsei Dassai is a sake that focuses on the power of fermentation and returns to what it has always been known for.
For all human history, fermented foods have been considered to be healthy. The reason is that microorganisms and substances produced while the fermentation process occurs, produce a variety of benefits for the body. Shinsei Dassai was born by harnessing Dassai’s fermentation power.
What is "Togai"?
Like edible rice, there are different grades of sake rice. Sake rice is often referred to as "Special grade A" in the Japanese language and the rice used to make sake, such as the "Uonuma Koshihikari Special grade A".
Dassai is a premium Junmai Daiginjo sake, and there is a rule in Japan stating that the rice for Junmai Daiginjo sake must be of high quality: third grade or higher.
However, when farmers grow Yamada-Nishiki rice, about 5% to 10% of the rice harvested does not meet the criteria for Dassai.
The fact is, we ask farmers who have never grown Yamada-Nishiki before to grow Yamada-Nishiki for us. Many of the farmers have worked hard to produce better rice for us, through trial and error. So we cannot possibly tell them that we can't buy all their rice, in face of their efforts, in face of the risks they are taking.
Therefore, in order to fulfill our role of sake producer, to make sure to craft a great sake with all the Yamada Nishiki produced for us, we craft sake different from the usual Dassai.