About South Korean Spirits

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

Charm Soju
87 points
$2.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of powdered sugar, water chestnuts, and banana leaf with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy pickled pear finish. A clean, mild, easy-drinking soju.
87 points $2.99 Best Buy
Charm Soju
86 points
$1.20
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of nougat with toasted almonds, vanilla custard, and amaranth with a soft, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with accents of lemon chew candies and rice milk. A creamy and soft Soju with sweet notes of creamy vanilla.
86 points $1.20 Best Buy
Kumbokju Soju
86 points
$1.50
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet yogurt, white strawberry, and under-ripe plum with a supple, soft, light body and a sleek, short powdered sugar and corn flakes in milk finish. A smooth, simple and easy-drinking Soju.
86 points $1.50 Best Buy