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
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
Clear color. Aromas of powdered sugar, water chestnuts, and banana leaf with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy pickled pear finish. A clean, mild, easy-drinking soju.
87 points $2.99 Best Buy
Charm Soju
86 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of nougat with toasted almonds, vanilla custard, and amaranth with a soft, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with accents of lemon chew candies and rice milk. A creamy and soft Soju with sweet notes of creamy vanilla.
86 points $1.20 Best Buy
Kumbokju Soju
86 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet yogurt, white strawberry, and under-ripe plum with a supple, soft, light body and a sleek, short powdered sugar and corn flakes in milk finish. A smooth, simple and easy-drinking Soju.
86 points $1.50 Best Buy