Soju and shochu are both made from a base of fermented ingredients, often grain, such as rice or barley. But they can also be made from buckwheat, sweet potatoes, or, in the case of shochu, even chestnuts, wasabi, shiso or soba.

Shochu or soju? How do they differ, and which ‘burned alcohol’ is older?

While most soju allows the addition of flavouring, sweeteners and MSG, the rules for shochu are much stricter

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Soju and shochu are both made from a base of fermented ingredients, often grain, such as rice or barley. But they can also be made from buckwheat, sweet potatoes, or, in the case of shochu, even chestnuts, wasabi, shiso or soba.
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