Soju: the secret to drinking South Korea’s favourite tipple, not to be confused with Japanese shochu

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Soju is South Korea’s most popular tipple. It is also widely drunk in Japan and China.The origins of soju go back to the Chinese pinyin rendering of shaojiu, or burned spirit/liqueur. In the 13th century, the Mongols introduced the distillation process to Korea.Because soju is distilled, it has been described as being similar to vodka. It is not, because soju is much lower in alcohol. Compared with wine and beer, it packs a good punch, coming in at 20 to 24 per cent alcohol, but that is still…

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