Many people would have heard and tried sake, but Japanese shochu is still relatively unknown in Singapore. This simple guide will help you to maybe choose your next favourite drink!
What is shochu?
Shochu (焼酎) is a traditional Japanese hard liquor. It is a distilled alcohol, quite similar to vodka. It can be distilled from a wider variety of base ingredients such as sweet potatoes (imo) and barley (mugi). Shochu has a much higher alcohol content than either wine or beer, usually around 25-37 percent, but can also go as low as 20 percent or as high as 45 percent.
Ways to Enjoy Shochu
Shochu, like any other spirit, can be enjoyed in many ways. You can drink it on the rocks, diluted with water/soda and even in cocktails or tea. However, the most common way to consume would be mixing shochu with cold or hot water. You check out here for a step by step guide on how to enjoy your favourite shochu.
In addition, another favourite way to enjoy shochu would be in the form of chuhai (shortened from "shochu highball"), where you mix shochu and soda. You can check out our blog for more recipes to create your own chuhai and shochu cocktails ☺️
Different Types of Shochu
Sake is made solely from rice while Shochu can be made from many different kinds of raw materials such as sweet potatoes, barley, buckwheat, corn, brown sugar, chestnuts, etc, or a combination of it.
Rice (kome) shochu has a fairly thick taste. The aroma of grain is similar to that of sake, which it shares its base ingredient with.
Sweet potato (imo) shochu has a plump fragrance and soft sweetness. The distinctive taste and aroma is also best enjoyed while served hot.
- Shochu distilled from barley (mugi) results in a light and mild taste. It is easy to drink, and if allowed to cask-aged, the taste will be slightly reminiscent of single-malt whiskey.
Buckweat (soba) shochu has a sweet, fruity aroma that lingers. It has a milder taste compared to mugi shochu, but with the same drinking ease.
- Shochu distilled from brown sugar has a clean, dry taste. Contrary to what many believe, the resulting shochu is not as sweet as expected.
- Shiso Shochu is made with the aromatic Shiso shochu, it carries a wonderful scent and soft flavour of shiso leaves
So go out there and try some shochu for yourself. Head over to our shochu collection, and try a shochu or two! You will never know what you will like. Do share with us your favourite way of enjoying shochu!