West 32 Reserve Soju

Shochu/Soju

West 32 // New York, USA

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West 32 is one of a handful of American-made soju brands. Its Reserve is the first and thus far only barrel-aged soju made in the U.S.

The soju is made from a base of corn and has natural cane sugar added. It's matured for up to a year in first-use American oak whiskey barrels with a #3 char level. The product is bottled at 32% ABV.

West 32 is one of a handful of American-made soju brands. Its Reserve is the first and thus far only barrel-aged soju made in the U.S. The soju is made from a base of corn and has natural cane sugar added. It's matured for up to a year in first-use American oak whiskey barrels with a #3 char level. The product is bottled at 32% ABV.

  • age
    NAS
  • Cost
  • abv
    32.0
  • Shochu/Soju
    Japanese shochu is typically distilled from sweet potato (imo), barley (mugi), rice (kome), buckwheat (soba) or sugarcane. Koji, a type of mold, is used in the fermentation process. For Korean soju, a fermentation starter called nuruk is used. Korean Soju is generally made from molasses, tapioca, or sweet potatoes but traditionally was made from rice. Both are distilled to ~25-37% ABV. Neither is often aged, but can be.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon

Tasting Notes

"The soju is a light blonde in the glass, and on the nose offers a creamy vanilla sweetness with hints of lemon peel. The cane sugar comes through on a soft and clean palate. The short finish is where the oak is felt, with caramel, tannic wood, and faint baking spices. With the added strength comparative to typical soju and soft oak influence, it makes for an interesting dalliance with the world of whiskey."

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Flavor Profile

Neutral & Oily