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Shōchū is a distilled beverage native to Japan. It is most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, or rice. Typically, it contains 25% alcohol by volume (weaker than whisky or standard-strength vodka but stronger than wine and sake).

Shōchū is produced everywhere in Japan, yet the home of shochu is Kyūshū island.
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review by . September 15, 2009
posted in Go Japan
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After the last review on Nanotech, I need a little diversion to loosen myself from the seriousness of the matter discussed. Iichiko Shochu is a great way to relax oneself with. I was introduced to this alcoholic cocktail in Tokyo and have since got hooked on it. Strawberry Daiquiri while in America, Sangria in Europe and Grapefruit Shochu while in Japan. 3 of my favorite cocktails. And, if you are looking for a gift for friends, this one is available at a mere 500 yen (for the smallest bottle on …
Quick Tip by . September 14, 2009
posted in Go Japan
When in Japan, I love a grapeful Shōchū. It's mild but leaves one with a sense of intoxication. Best with Japanese cuisine like tempura!
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