Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ty Ku Soju

Unfortunately, there were only two Sakés available to taste at the Boston Wine Expo, both which I have previously tasted. Ty Ku had their Black and White Sakés and I am a big fan of their White. But I was able to try something new to me, the Ty Ku Soju.

Soju, also known as shochu, is a distilled liquor from Asia which can be made from numerous ingredients, including barley, rice, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, chestnuts, buckwheat, shiso leaf, sesame, and even milk. It can be drank on its own or used in a cocktail. It also usually has less alcohol than liquors like vodka and rum.

The Ty Ku Soju comes in a distinctive blue bottle, pictured above, which is intended to represent "mist covered mountain ranges and the pristine blue waters of the Far East." The Soju is made from 100% premium barley and pure spring water. It is all natural and does not contain any sweeteners, preservatives or additives. It has also been multiple-distilled.

I tasted the Soju on its own, and then in a cocktail, a Tokyo Tea. The Soju has a smooth, mild taste and it is something I could drink on its own, chilled on the rocks. It reminds me somewhat of a mild vodka. The Tokyo Tea contained Soju and sweet iced tea, and it too was smooth and any alcohol taste was very muted. The Soju seemed to cut some of the sweetness of the iced tea, which I think is a good thing as I dislike iced tea that is too sweet.

This would make a good entry Soju, to introduce newcomers to this Asian spirit. It could thus be a stepping stone to different types of Soju, made from different ingredients. Expand your horizons and check out Soju.

10 comments:

Brittanee said...

What a beautiful bottle

Richard Auffrey said...

The bottles are very cool looking.

Jason said...
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Stacy said...

I'm a health nut and I read somewhere that Ty Ku soju only has half the calories of vodka, so I've been replacing vodka with Ty Ku soju in all my cocktail recipes. Now thanks to this article I know all the background information too!

Kira T. said...

The Tokyo Tea sounds awesome. I'm curious though to see what other kinds of things you would mix with it, if its not exactly vodka!

Tawny said...

Wow, I have been searching for healthier alternatives to vodka etc. and can't believe I finally found one, one that actually tastes great. Great stuff.

jackiehughs said...

I've had this stuff before. It's really good. And thanks, Stacy, I had no idea it was lo-cal!

Elissa said...

after I fell in love with the TY KU sakes I couldnt wait to the the Soju and it really was well worth the wait!...low cal and great tasting TY KU Soju couldnt get any better!...theres no reason for me to drink anything else :)and im glad to see so many people feel the same way!

Anonymous said...

i lovee TY KU soju...its light, refreshing, LOW CAL, and leaves me feeling like a million bucks the dau after ;)

The Rum Trader said...

We've been drinking SOJU for about four years now after seeing it on Zane Lamprey's "Three Sheets". Its our "go to" celebration shot. It is a very subtle drink that can catch up to you fast. Jinro makes a true South Korean SOJU. Chamisul is our favorite but the Ty Ku is really smooth too.