About South Korean Spirits

The most popular distilled spirit in South Korea is shoji, produced from grain or sweet potatoes. Most versions contain 20% ABV, while there are some upper echelon examples that have as much as 45% ABV. A typical shoji has a clear appearance, is light bodied and fruity with notes of melon, cream and powdered sugar aromas. Soju is traditionally served neat.

There are also a number of herbal liqueurs and a few distilled spirits made from sorghum or wheat that are also produced in the country and rarely exported.
Top Picks for South Korea
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Charm
Soju
Light brilliant clear color. Muted, citrusy, creamy fruity peppery aromas of gravel and powdered milk with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree powdered sugar and stevia, vanilla milk, dried banana, and radish sprouts finish. A clean, neutral, lightly sweet soju that will sip and mix well.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Hite
Soju
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of chalk with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, quick finish with accents of powdered sugar, marshmallow, and porcelain. A nice simple soju.
89 points $1.20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Ssodal
Soju
Clear color. Aromas of powdered milk, nutskin, and sweet potato with a flat, shy, fruity thin body and a seamless, short wax paper, rice candy, and powdered sugar finish. A rather wispy soju.
84 points $1.20
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab