Happy new year to the silent and seated from the land of the rising sun!
A bit early, since at this rate we might not be conscious for the actual “ball-drop.” But we do hope to make it to the end of the traditional “Kohaku” music battle broadcast.
Tonight I am drinking sake, specifically “Dassai 39.”
Courtesy of my currently snoring brother-in-law. Dassai is one of the “famous” sake, in that those who drink sake would almost universally agree that it is a "good one. " The 39 signifies that it is a daiginjo grade(there are quite a few grades in the Dassai line), a sake made from rice milled so that only a small percentage of the inner rice grain remains. The exact percentage required to be classified as daiginjo is codified(although I do not remember the exact numbers, no do I remember the method of codification). But the “39” in the name of this sake has always been a suspiciously exact number in my mind. It signifies that the sake has been made with the remaining 39 percent of the milled rice grain. But I have my doubts that rice milling is that exact.
Marketing aside, it is delicious. I highly reccomend Dassai, in whatever grade you can find it.