About Soju

Serve in a Copita
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
218215
Charm
Soju
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of nougat and cream of wheat with maple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, breezy vanilla ice milk, hint of mocha flan, and powdered sugar finish. A lovely, flavorful soju that is sure to please.
90 points $2.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208208
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
218204
West 32
Soju
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208207
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
204553
TY KU
Soju
Clear. Mild aromas suggest brewer’s yeast, wet rice paper, and and salt water taffy with a very soft, light body and a sweet cream, peppered jicama and river water finish. Very underpowered, even for the category.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab