Rice liquor galore! Scrumptious facts about soju, sake, and more

These splendid spirits have rice to thank for their distinct flavors

Stars Insider

10/04/24 | StarsInsider

FOOD Drinks

Wheat, barley, potatoes, and grapes seem to have a pretty tight grip on the global spirits market at first glance. With the notable exception of the juniper berries used to make gin, these four key crops are the starting ingredient for everything from beer and brandy to whiskey and vodka. In many parts of Asia, however, rice reigns supreme.

Indeed, rice has been used to make alcohol for thousands of years, and has a versatility that stands apart from other fermentable or distillable products. From sweet and refreshing low-alcohol drinks like soju, to the fiery and intimidating baijiu, exploring the wonderful world of rice liquor is sure to give your palate a welcome change of scenery.

Ready? Read on to find out all about Asia's favorite rice liquors.

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