After ranking my Top 5 Japanese beers and Top 5 Japanese Happoshus here are my Top 5 Japanese Daisans.
Daisans are very low malt content alcoholic drinks (sometimes called “Third-Category Beers” or “Liqueurs“).
Japanese tax on alcohol varies depending on the malt content for some reason, and this type of drink has become very popular in the past few years as it has a very low malt content (they have to have less than 50%) they are much cheaper than regular beers and even Happoshus.
More information about this tax system can be found in my previous posts :
What is Happoshu? and Daisan to Face a Tax Hike?.
When I first tried Daisans in Japan, 4-5 years ago, I was shocked at how bad they tasted. But recently there has been some passable “beer-like drinks” coming out (or perhaps my tastes have changed along with my budget)?
Many daisans are more drinkable than happoshus in fact (which should technically be nearer to beers in content than daisans).
I mean, some Daisans are made out of corn and peas instead of barley and malt!
Out of all the Daisans I’ve tried this far, here are my Top 5:
There are a lot of Korean Daisans on the market recently, one of the reasons for the governments suggested tax revisions I think.
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It has a mellow, dark taste and is definitely worth trying.
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and at No. 1…
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So these are my top 5 Japanese Daisans (Third-Category Beers) (so far).
Have to wait and see what happens with the tax on these drinks as if they get more expensive they could well disappear from the market.