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(Newser)   Vodka and tequila, head to the back of the bar. The world's most popular alcoholic drink is a South Korean spirit called soju   (newser.com) divider line 80
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2013-12-07 12:07:31 PM
I never got to serve in Korea, but boy did I enjoy all the food Korean wives put out in an around where I was stationed. When I got promoted to E4 and company SOTY, a bachelor E7 that lived down the hall gave me a bottle of Soju. "Now, son, don't you go drinking all that at once." LOL I love the stuff.
/csb
 
2013-12-07 01:14:35 PM
~~a South Korean spirit called soju

Article misspells moonshine.
 
2013-12-07 01:53:17 PM
Soju really think so, subby?
 
2013-12-07 02:16:11 PM
Soju is people!  SOJU IS PEOPLE!  SOJU IS PEOPLE!!
 
2013-12-07 02:16:14 PM
unlikely
 
2013-12-07 02:16:17 PM
All part of the grand master plan hatched by the Elders of Zion.
 
2013-12-07 02:16:30 PM
"most popular" is often due to "affordable and gets you farked up".
Aristocrat is probably more popular than ketel one... doesn't make it better.
 
2013-12-07 02:20:41 PM
If it's anything like Japanese shoju, no thanks. As noted, popular != good.

/used to drink it before it was cool
//tastes like ass, with slight notes of methyl ethyl ketone
//profit?
 
2013-12-07 02:22:23 PM
I have a bottle of Shaojiu, coincidentally, it's also considered the world's most popular alcoholic drink! But it is the Chinese equivalent of soju. It comes in at 53% abv and it is awful.
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2013-12-07 02:23:27 PM
Most soju is only good for fueling drag race cars, but there is some, occasionally that is pretty good. And yes, it's evil. It's easy to drink too much of it and find out too late...

Drank too much in Busan and Jinhae.
 
2013-12-07 02:23:49 PM
Drinking Soju out of piss pots is a longtime tradition among GI's in Korea.
/my liver deserved a Purple Heart.
 
2013-12-07 02:33:08 PM
Absolute rubbish. I've lived on three continents (including Asia) and never seen a single person drink the stuff, although I've at least seen it in person which is more than most Farkers will have.

There is no way on this planet that Soju is outselling beer volume for volume, or even volume of alcohol for volume of alcohol.

/just another attention-whoring fluff piece based on a meaningless "survey" by an equally meaningless publication
 
2013-12-07 02:34:06 PM
Awesome. Drink it straight, drink it mixed, but drink it.
 
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2013-12-07 02:34:58 PM
"The world's most popular alcoholic drink is a South Korean spirit called soju"

Okay.

The world's most popular vehicle, by annual sales, is the Ford F150. I don't feel a need for one of those either.
 
2013-12-07 02:35:17 PM
I hear some really good whiskeys come out of Japan these days, but I have not tried any. I look forward to the opportunity to do so. On the other hand, I've had a few white (un-oaked) liquors form Asia, and I really must say, the major flavor components are gasoline and cheap aftershave. And that was apparently the good stuff.
 
2013-12-07 02:35:50 PM
See, the Asians are wrecking the curve once again. All those people living in densely packed areas, copying each other like robots... these are the true horrors of Communism.
 
2013-12-07 02:36:09 PM
For those of us who've never tasted it, is there a comparable western drink to compare it to?

Tastes like X with a hint of Y, etc?
 
2013-12-07 02:39:07 PM
A guy walks into a bar...
"Soju! Wanna have a drink with me?"
"Sure, what do you want to get?"
"Soju!"
"Yeah, what though?"
"Soju!"
"Yes! But what do you want to get?"
"Soju!"
"Forget it! Weirdo!"
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2013-12-07 02:41:03 PM
Whatever makes squid jerky go down.  An old gf went there and brought a load of that back.
/hork*
 
2013-12-07 02:41:45 PM

amd1433: For those of us who've never tasted it, is there a comparable western drink to compare it to?



Wipe your ass with your hand.  Lick your hand.

HTH.
 
2013-12-07 02:42:03 PM

Bucky Katt: unlikely


Yeah, putting up a number, without a source, and not comparing it to another, nonexistent number is the height of lazy writing
 
2013-12-07 02:42:41 PM

gweilo8888: Absolute rubbish. I've lived on three continents (including Asia) and never seen a single person drink the stuff, although I've at least seen it in person which is more than most Farkers will have.

There is no way on this planet that Soju is outselling beer volume for volume, or even volume of alcohol for volume of alcohol.

/just another attention-whoring fluff piece based on a meaningless "survey" by an equally meaningless publication


You are very much right about that:

FTFA: The world's most popular alcoholic drink is a South Korean spirit called soju, which has topped a best-selling-drink list for years and sold 65 million cases on this year's list alone

FTFSource: In the soju brand Jinro it could one day have another. At 65 million 9-litre cases, the word's largest brand is big but ... South Korean soju market, of which Jinro represents a half

So they are on top of the list at 585 million litres a year and they represent half the market in Worst Korea. That would mean that the soju production would be around 1170 million litres.

Beer production in the Netherlands: 24.2 million hectolitres a year. Or 2420 million litres. And we aren't even that large a country. Even the piss water producers at Heineken produced 1550 million litres of "beer" in 2011 (according to Heineken). If the entire soju production is smaller than the production of one brand of beer, then soju is not the worlds most popular alcoholic drink and does not deserve to top a best selling alcoholic drinks list.

/Heineken isn't actually piss water
//It needs taste for that
///Since it lacks any kind of character because it has been designed not to offend anyone the best I can do is say that it doesn't actually taste bad
 
2013-12-07 02:42:44 PM

blubaldnuglee: Drinking Soju out of piss pots is a longtime tradition among GI's in Korea.
/my liver deserved a Purple Heart.


Combat bowls.
 
2013-12-07 02:43:45 PM

LeroyBourne: Whatever makes squid jerky go down.  An old gf went there and brought a load of that back.
/hork*


I LOVE squid jerky.
 
2013-12-07 02:44:14 PM
I bought a bottle of TYKU soju about a year ago and I've had barely a nip of it because it tastes pathetically bland. I like most liquors (barring schnapps and liqueurs and such) and often drink decent vodkas straight. I'm a straight man, you might say, even preferring my alcohols without water or ice. But I don't think I'll ever finish that soju because...it's boring drinking.

Gimme my Knob Creek bourbon, my 12 year old Macallan, and a reasonably-priced vodka for sippin' and I'm a happy man...so long as I still get to brew the ginger mead and the berry melomels I've gotten good at, too!
 
2013-12-07 02:45:10 PM

LeroyBourne: Whatever makes squid jerky go down.  An old gf went there and brought a load of that back.
/hork*



Squid jerky is actually pretty good, if you toast it just a bit on the grill at your table while you're getting hammered on the soju.
 
2013-12-07 02:46:44 PM

DarkVader: LeroyBourne: Whatever makes squid jerky go down.  An old gf went there and brought a load of that back.
/hork*

I LOVE squid jerky.


Me too.  Korean snack foods can be tasty, though some of them...not so good.  Like the silkworm.  I think that is an acquired taste.
 
2013-12-07 02:47:48 PM
Distilled from kim chi?
 
2013-12-07 02:48:29 PM
The point of the article was to provide a discussion springboard on why Korean women are so hot.

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2013-12-07 02:49:07 PM

gweilo8888: Absolute rubbish. I've lived on three continents (including Asia) and never seen a single person drink the stuff, although I've at least seen it in person which is more than most Farkers will have.

There is no way on this planet that Soju is outselling beer volume for volume, or even volume of alcohol for volume of alcohol.

/just another attention-whoring fluff piece based on a meaningless "survey" by an equally meaningless publication


It's kind of like those surveys that says that "vegetables" is the number one food eaten on Super Bowl Sunday, when everyone knows it something else like pizza, chips, etc.
 
2013-12-07 02:52:26 PM
I seem to recall that you could buy about a gallon of the stuff for about $4.00 at any number of shops just outside the gate at Camp Hovey, but I could be wrong. My memory of those days is a little hazy for some reason...
 
2013-12-07 02:52:38 PM
According to Google soju tastes like

... rubbing alcohol
... vodka
... water.

It is made with

... rice
... wheat
... barley
... potatoes
... sweet potatoes
... tapioca

It is mostly made in Korea, but apparently, judging from the list of starches, it was based on an idea by ... everybody who makes alcohol on Earth including African villagers and natives in the Amazon jungle.
 
2013-12-07 02:54:12 PM
Tastes like everything but Sake. Which is a good thing. I've had Sake, and even warm, from tiny ceramic cups, I do not like Sake.

I do like Saki. Very funny.
 
2013-12-07 02:55:05 PM
DarkVader:

I LOVE squid jerky.

Bonzo_1116:


Squid jerky is actually pretty good, if you toast it just a bit on the grill at your table while you're getting hammered on the soju.

Maybe it's an acquired taste, I couldn't stand it.  I'll eat raw fish all day and night.  Warmed up with some salt or hot sauce maybe.  And soju, I'll have to look around for that.
 
2013-12-07 02:55:17 PM
there are so many types of soju.
 
2013-12-07 02:56:45 PM

amd1433: For those of us who've never tasted it, is there a comparable western drink to compare it to?

Tastes like X with a hint of Y, etc?


Dark Eyes Vodka with a hint of liver failure.
 
2013-12-07 02:58:48 PM
In CA bars get two different licenses; a beer/wine license and a liquor license. Soju is about the highest alcohol content you can get w/ only the beer license (40 proof or so), and since the good kind is flavorless (like vodak) you can mix any normal vodak drink w/ it. It was really popular w/ the kiddie crowd (b/c beer-only bars typically didn't card as diligently as normal bars). This was years ago; I'm guessing the cops figured this out eventually.
 
2013-12-07 03:03:32 PM
Ahhhh.  Sojuuuu.  (Shudder)

The kind I remember is called Green brand soju.  Came in a 1 liter plastic 'combat bottle' with a screw top.  Tasted and felt like a weaker version of Everclear.  Nasty.  You could, however, get it in a local mom&pop store for the equivelant of $1 back in the day.

They also sell lemon and cherry flavored soju in smaller, 12 oz (?) bottles with an alcohol content a bit higher than a wine cooler.  Went down real nice on a muggy summer night in a soju tent with half cooked chicken-on-a-stick and raman noodles in front of you.


/good times, good times
 
2013-12-07 03:04:10 PM
The newser article is stolen from a Guardian article. The guardian article is headlined "Soju: the most popular booze in the world" but in the small print it says "Jinro Soju ... has topped Drinks International's annual list of best-selling spirits"

The Guardian, well known as the Daily Mail for champagne socialists, will do anything to talk down traditional western cultural values in pursuit of their Gramsciite agenda. Remember that the left believe lying in pursuit of their agenda is justified and its only lying lying when their opponents do it.

Compare the reactions on the net of the deaths of Thatcher and Mandela to see how low each side is willing to go.
 
2013-12-07 03:07:13 PM

brantgoose: According to Google soju tastes like

... rubbing alcohol
... vodka
... water.

It is made with

... rice
... wheat
... barley
... potatoes
... sweet potatoes
... tapioca

It is mostly made in Korea, but apparently, judging from the list of starches, it was based on an idea by ... everybody who makes alcohol on Earth including African villagers and natives in the Amazon jungle.


Well, considering that from 1965 to 1999, the Korean government banned the use of rice for making soju, so they had to use other starches for the ethanol, hence the cheap rotgut flavor.
 
2013-12-07 03:15:05 PM

Ablejack: I have a bottle of Shaojiu, coincidentally, it's also considered the world's most popular alcoholic drink! But it is the Chinese equivalent of soju. It comes in at 53% abv and it is awful.


I hate to break it to you, but a Chinese buddy of mine saw this pic and just about shot beer out his nose.

That is NOT a bottle of alcohol, despite what you were told..

It's actually a combination floor cleaner and enema soap solution.

Bottoms up!
 
2013-12-07 03:27:37 PM

The world's most sought-after brew?
Korean concoction soju
Of course you'll ask why:
It's all thanks to....PSY?!
There's nothing "Sir Gangnam" can't do!

 
2013-12-07 03:31:41 PM
I had it a a Korean/almost in-laws family Thanksgiving a few years ago. Very smooth, very dangerous if you didn't know that it was going to sneak up on you like sake.

Good stuff & I don't know if it was just them, but I don't think i ever saw that many desserts without going into a bakery or Greek diner.
 
2013-12-07 03:32:37 PM

Prey4reign: Soju is people!  SOJU IS PEOPLE!  SOJU IS PEOPLE!!


Those are some good people too.  Mmmmmm......  people.
 
2013-12-07 03:46:52 PM

markie_farkie: Ablejack: I have a bottle of Shaojiu, coincidentally, it's also considered the world's most popular alcoholic drink! But it is the Chinese equivalent of soju. It comes in at 53% abv and it is awful.

I hate to break it to you, but a Chinese buddy of mine saw this pic and just about shot beer out his nose.

That is NOT a bottle of alcohol, despite what you were told..

It's actually a combination floor cleaner and enema soap solution.

Bottoms up!


Uhm, Baijiu is a strong white wine. Probably not a good idea to stick it up your ass. It will strip wax from floors.
 
2013-12-07 03:47:39 PM

bizzwire: If it's anything like Japanese shoju, no thanks. As noted, popular != good.

/used to drink it before it was cool
//tastes like ass, with slight notes of methyl ethyl ketone
//profit?


Japanese shochu is quite good, and there are a lot of varieties made from different ingredients.

Only tried a few brands of Korean soju, and what I tried tasted terrible straight.

There is another type of Korean spirit by the name of "Paek se ju" - translates as "100 year-old soju" but it is a completely different liquor, tastes pretty bad as well, really sweet and something like low grade Chinese huangjiu.

What I've found to be pretty good is when you mix soju and paek-se-ju together and this becomes "O-ship-se-ju" (50 year-old-soju), it's not so sweet as the 100 year wine, and a bit more complexity than the straight soju.
 
2013-12-07 03:48:47 PM

markie_farkie: Ablejack: I have a bottle of Shaojiu, coincidentally, it's also considered the world's most popular alcoholic drink! But it is the Chinese equivalent of soju. It comes in at 53% abv and it is awful.

I hate to break it to you, but a Chinese buddy of mine saw this pic and just about shot beer out his nose.

That is NOT a bottle of alcohol, despite what you were told..

It's actually a combination floor cleaner and enema soap solution.

Bottoms up!



pwnt
 
2013-12-07 03:54:11 PM
Had soju last night in KoreaTown. Had acartoon Psy on the side. It was very ok and fine. Not a lot to describe...maybe a musty glass of Chardonnay that you left at room temp for three days? Hints of mushroom.
 
2013-12-07 04:09:10 PM

powhound: The point of the article was to provide a discussion springboard on why Korean women are so hot.


Because they're the highest consumer per-capita of plastic surgery.
 
2013-12-07 04:09:11 PM
Wikipedia: "Statistically, Soju ranked #1 in world sale records of diluted alcohol market in 2002."

So, if you make up a special category of low strength distilled alcoholic beverages then Soju is #1.
 
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