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
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
Hite Soju
89 points
Best Buy
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
Otake Yinro Soju
88 points
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
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
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
Ssodal Soju
84 points
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