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
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
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
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