Shochu, Taste The Japanese Spirit!
Shochu (焼酎) is a kind of Japanese alcohol which can be described as Japanese spirit (liquor). Shochu is as popular as sake in Japan and it is also a kind of alcohol which has been loved by all Japanese drunkards! You can't find anywhere else in the world a kind of alcohol like shochu! Let's give it a try!
What is Shochu (焼酎)...?
Its unique taste and high alcohol by volume content (usually around 25%) have been the reasons why Japanese drunkards have loved it for decades!
Shochu was originally made in the Kyushu region, but nowadays it is produced in all locations throughout Japan.
You can enjoy shochu just like whiskeys and any other kinds of spirit, for instance, on the rock, diluted with water, with soda, and it even be mixed with Japanese teas to make a true Japanese cocktail!
Varieties of Shochu
Imoshochu (芋焼酎): Sweet potato shochu
You can easily distinguish imochochu from the other kinds of shochu because imoshochu has a really strong smell and taste.
Mugishochu (麦焼酎): Barley shochu
Sometimes, mugishochu can be cask-aged which gives it a sharp flavor and taste similar to a single-malt whiskey.
Komeshochu (米焼酎): Rice shochu
Komeshochu has a strong, deep taste that is very addictive to some!
Sobashochu (そば焼酎): Buckwheat shochu
Go visit any soba restaurant if you want to try some sobashochu. They taste milder than any other types of shochu and are easy to drink.
Just so many ways to enjoy shochu!
At Izakaya and bars, they can serve you some shochu cocktails. To list a few popular drinks, lemon shochu (shochu soda with some lemon), green tea high (shochu with green tea), and oolong high (shochu with oolong tea). Basically, shochu can be added to almost any kind of your favorite drink to add some alcoholic atmosphere.
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