Shochu is another alcoholic beverage imported directly from Japan. The difference between Japanese saké and shochu is that Japanese saké is made with brewed alcohol, but shochu is made with distilled alcohol and is in the same category as whiskey, scotch, and vodka.
Shochu is made with several raw ingredients and is usually produced in warmer regions like the southern area of Japan. Currently there are approximately 635 different shochu sakaguras (breweries; Otsu type) that have come a long way in developing many new remarkable shochus. Within the past couple of years, there has been a huge shochu boom taking place in Japan, and the consumption of shochu has increased dramatically.
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