About Soju

About Soju
Soju is a beverage distilled from a number of ingredients, among them rice, barley and even sweet potatoes. It is made in South Korea, where it is the national beverage; alcohol may not exceed 35%. It is traditionally served neat over ice.

Many examples tend to have a clear appearance with mild flavors such as nougat, marshmallow or melon. Soju is comparable to a very mild vodka.

Top Picks for Soju

Otake Dream Soju
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Earthy aromas of bamboo leaf and shoot, wax, dusty sticky bun, and wet rattan with a silky, dryish light body and an even, engaging, medium-length rice and wax candy, tapioca, and hint of garlic shoot finish. A delicious and nuanced soju with attractive flavor and style.
Awards: 2017 Best Soju
89 points $20 Best Buy
Otake Yinro Soju
88 points
$26
Brilliant clear color. Interesting aromas of sprouted grains in a sack, toffee and flour, peppered dried apple, and magic marker with a silky, medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length warming cereal with cream and sugar, peppered germ, and asian mushroom finish. A very warming, umami-driven and palate-stimulating soju for cocktails.
Charm Soju
87 points
$2.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of porcelain, suggestion of sweet cream, rice cake and wafer, and taffy with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy rice candy and wrapper, rain on concrete and balsa, and white chocolate water finish. A very neutral, smooth and silky soju.
87 points $2.99 Best Buy
West 32 Soju
85 points
$11.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of porcelain and hint of dough with a silky, soft, dry light body and a seamless, brisk nut oil, rice paper, and hint of vanilla salt water taffy finish. A light neutral soju for mixing.
85 points $11.99