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Difference Between Sake and Soju

Sake vs Soju

Sake and Soju are beverages that are native to Japan and South Korea. Sake, which is commonly known as “rice wine,” is a brewed beverage that has been distilled from rice. It is made like wine or beer and is fermented and aged. Soju is mainly a Japanese drink that is considered to be just like Vodka or whiskey.

Soju has a unique production method which is quite different from Sake. The production of Soju has two stages. The first stage is the conversion of starch to sugar, and the next stage is the conversion from sugar to alcohol. After this, the mixture is then aged, usually for ten long years.

There is difference in the production of Soju and Sake. While Sake is brewed, Soju is distilled. One can also see a difference in the environment in which the two beverages are made. While Soju has a better production in warm climates, Sake has a better production in cool climates.

When Sake is just made from rice, Soju is made from rice, barley, and sweet potatoes. As the two beverages are made from different things, they come with different aromas. A Sake beverage generally has a mild and soft aroma when compared to Soju which has a distinct aroma of the base materials used. Unlike Sake, Soju is clear in color.

One can also see that there is considerable differences in the alcohol content. Soju has a higher alcohol content than Sake. When Sake has about 15 to 17 per cent alcohol, Soju has about 15 to 46 per cent of alcohol in it.
As said earlier, Sake is more related to wine. On the other hand, Soju has a likeness to whisky or Vodka.

Summary:

1.Sake, which is commonly known as “rice wine,” is made like wine or beer and is fermented and aged. Soju is mainly a Japanese drink that is considered to be just like Vodka or whiskey.
2.Soju has a higher alcohol content than Sake. When Sake has about 15 to 17 per cent alcohol, Soju has about 15 to 46 per cent of alcohol in it.
3.When Sake is just made from rice, Soju is made from rice, barley, and sweet potatoes.
4.A Sake beverage generally has a mild and soft aroma when compared to Soju which has a distinct aroma of the base materials used.
5.While Sake is brewed, Soju is distilled.


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11 Comments

  1. The country of origin for Soju is NOT correct!!!!! Soju is from South Korea, not Japan!!!!

  2. Soju is from South Korea. False articles like this with false facts is a problem. It misleads people. People need to do there homework enforce ranting on the net.

  3. I can’t believe this article got the MAIN difference between sake and soju confused! Sake is from Japan, and soju is from South Korea. Considering this, the rest of this article is probably wrong…

  4. Simmer down…..

    It appears that it was only in error that the author said Soju was Japanese in the first paragraph, since in the previous line the author wrote the correct countries of or530….

  5. Sake is just the Japanese word for Alcohol, all types even western are referred to as ‘sake’ in Japan. I believe the same is true for Shoju in Korea. Of course in western countries, we just go with whatever name they tell us, and since we don’t realize they are just calling it ‘alcohol’, the meaning changes slightly in the translation.

    • I can’t speak on behalf of the Japanese if “sake” is just the word for all types of alcohol, but “soju” is literally the name of soju. lol. Soju is a type; just like how we call some things vodka, gin, whiskey, etc… soju is just soju. “Sool”, on the other hand, is the Korean word for “alcohol”. Just wanted to clear that up.

  6. I like the name SAKE!

  7. Soju is never more than about 20%. Most is about 14-16%. Totally different taste than Sake. Mix Soju one part with beer two parts, call it SoMek (Korean word for beer is Mekju) and very popular in Korea. No hangover and very easy to drink with meals. EVERY restaurant in South Korea has makings for SoMek.

  8. Please proofread your entries before posting such things. I clicked on a link that lead me to this page to genuinely learn the difference between soju and sake (mainly in taste, how it’s made, etc…), but was utterly disappointed and very much annoyed by the fact that one of the most-clicked and top links when googling “soju vs sake” informs its readers that soju is a Japanese alcohol. I’m sure it was just a mistake/confusion on the writer’s part, but please make sure to actually check your posts before submitting it. A lot of people have probably depended on this post to learn about the two drinks and were misinformed of the origins of soju and sake. Given the political and historic battles going on between the two countries, even more so these days, it’s very upsetting to see something like this. Soju is a KOREAN alcoholic drink while sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink!

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