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Shochu: (Japan) Made from sugar

November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine


Shochu: (Japan) Made from sugar

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Shochu is a Japanese Alcohol beverage that is distilled from sugarcane and has a typical Alcohol content of 25%. The alcohol content can often, however, be as high as 42% or more. The drink can also be made using sweet potatoes, barley, rice, or buckwheat. Shochu is known for its light and clean taste.

Shochu was first made approximately 500 years ago according to historical records. It was first produced immediately after China introduced the process of distillation to the country of Japan. The liquor's name means "burning liquor" and it is a reference to how the drink is produced. The main ingredient is distilled and then fermented.

Shochu is an appealing beverage to many age groups because it has a large variety of materials that can be used to produce the drink. This huge variety of ingredients also means a huge variety of types and flavors. Imo-jucho is very popular and is made using sweet potatoes. It is typically stronger than most shochu while kome-jucho (made from rice) is milder.

Shochu is often confused or mistake for Japanese sake. The two, however, are indeed very different. The word "sake" refers to all Alcohol beverages in general across the country, but it also refers to a specific drink in western and southern regions of Japan. This specific drink is a brewed wine made using rice and it has a nutty taste in comparison to the fruit flavor of shochu. Both drinks are indigenous to Japan and are quite popular, which is why they are often mistaken for one another. They are different, basically, because sake is brewed while shochu is distilled. In addition, shochu can be distilled in warm regions while sake must be brewed in relatively low temperatures.

The weather and climate, in fact, are mainly attributed to the development of shochu. Shochu was first produced on the western part of the island of Honshu and the island Kyushu. These parts of Japan have warm weather that is much warmer than the rest of the country's climate. Today the drink is produced all across Japan.

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