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Shochu is a distilled drink native to Japan. It is most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potatoes or rice. Shochu usually contains 25% alcohol by volume. Shochu is not be very similar to sake, a brewed rice wine. Its taste is usually far less fruity and depends strongly on the nature of the starch used in the distilling process. Its flavor is often described as earthy. Although Kyushu is the home of shochu, it is produced everywhere in Japan particularly Okinawa.
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Shochu is a distilled drink native to Japan. It is most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potatoes or rice. Shochu usually contains 25% alcohol by volume. Shochu is not be very similar to sake, a brewed rice wine. Its taste is usually far less fruity and depends strongly on the nature of the starch used in the distilling process. Its flavor is often described as earthy. Although Kyushu is the home of shochu, it is produced everywhere in Japan particularly Okinawa.