Definitions

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  • n. A Japanese alcoholic beverage, most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potato or rice. Typically it is 25% alcohol by volume, making it weaker than whisky, but stronger than wine and sake.

Etymologies

From Japanese 焼酎 (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This means two things: seriously soggy people and homemade ume shu -- lumps of rock sugar and tart ume steeped in shochu -- and maybe ume boshi if you're a fanatical Japanese Martha Stewart type.

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  • Anyone familiar with Korea hearing the word shochu will instantly think of soju, the Korean version of the same drink.

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  • Vacuum stills are used in Japan to distill shochu, which is a little stronger than wine.

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  • While shochu and liqueur (mostly chuhai aka shochu "alcopop") and wine grew over that period (and sake, whisky, and brandy actually declined significantly), there is still nothing approaching beer. happoshu came amid a major recession for the Japanese economy and the first instance of deflation for a developed economy in the postwar era.

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  • The house selection of sakes is skimpy, even by New York standards, but if you enjoy the popular Japanese rotgut called shochu, it comes in several potent varieties, made with sweet potatoes, barley, or rice.

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  • Another possibility is a drink called shochu; one variety of this beverage is made from fermented sweet potatoes.

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  • The most dangerous thing in the shochu is the alcohol.

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Japanese brewer and beverage makers have announced massive product recalls in connection with rice miller Mikasa Foods 'illegal sales of non-edible rice for edible use, with the number of bottles of recalled sake and' 'shochu' 'drinks topping 1 million across Japan by Saturday.

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Tainted-rice scandal prompts recall of 1 million bottles of 'shochu'

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • The press conference was held the day after the farm ministry revealed that the company resold imported rice containing higher-than-allowed levels of pesticide residue and other toxic substances to firms making rice crackers, Japanese confectioneries and Japanese '' shochu '' distilled alcoholic beverages.

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