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Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste for a great price. We use an algorithm that factors the ratio of the products suggested retail price to our score and the bottle size to calculate our Best Buy awards. If you are on a budget, our Best Buys can't be beat.

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Best Inexpensive Asian Spirits

Kirishima Shuzo Akane Kirishima
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, floral, attractive aromas and flavors of violet candies, rosewood, fresh panettone with lady grey tea, fruit stripe gum and fruit loops, and pear blossoms with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, nuanced, long tropical fruit salad, papaya-lychee milkshake, and asian coconut water finish. An ultra-floral botanical garden of a shochu with endless cocktail possibilities; mix as pisco or gin.
Awards: 2017 Best Shochu
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co. Kuramoto No Kakushishochu
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of Asian pear, roasted pineapple and rice, toasty nut brittle, and hint of beeswax and clay with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length anise seed, powdered milk, and limestone finish. An elegant, fruity, and toasty shochu that has a pleasing combination of sake and white whisky tones.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Kirishima Shuzo Kuro Kirishima
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Savory aromas and flavors of chestnuts and mushroom on the forest floor, frosted shredded wheat cereal, roasted shallot, and dill and pickling spices with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, complex, long horchata, radish, damson plum, and taro root pudding finish. A superb shochu with delicate waves of complex sweet and savory flavors.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Hite Soju
89 points
$1.20
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
Satsuma Shuzo Honkaku Shochu "Sakura Shiranami"
89 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of pickled okra, smoked paprika, roasted nuts, and sausage with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of cream, minerals, forest herbs, and mint paste. A stylish and layered shochu.
89 points $18 Best Buy
Kirishima Shuzo Shiro Kirishima
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of singed herbs and leeks, dusty potato skin, mustard seed, and soy rice cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy citrus rice candy, tapioca, radish, dried ginger, and ginseng and mushroom finish. A delicate savory shochu with a nice tingle for carefree sipping.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
Kirishima Shuzo "Ho" Green Label Honkaku Shochu
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Medium slivery straw color. Rich, oaky, spicy aromas of brown spices, cedar bark, roasted nuts, and peppercorns with a silky, racy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long caramel milk, oak, peppery radishes, and ginseng mint gum finish. A nice oak aged, Canadian whisky-like shochu, that will be fun to mix with.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Satsuma Shuzo Satsuma Shochu "Kuro Shiranami"
88 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear color. Lively aromas of fig bread, exotic nuts, delicate spice, and molasses with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, peppery spice, ginger root, and radish finish.
88 points $18 Best Buy
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