A Taste of So Nice – A Philippine Soju

Is it really Nice?

I am not a connoisseur of this drink, nor am I a strong drinker. I do like to have a taste every once in a while.

For some time, I have been curious about the taste of the Korean alcoholic beverage of soju. I blame the tons of K-Dramas that feature them. The most I know is that it has high alcohol content.

The day before Christmas, my wife sent me off on a last-minute errand to buy something at the nearby grocery store. I wandered into the alcohol section and saw this among the various soju which were more expensive. It caught my curiosity. Why is this drink cheaper than its counterpart?

Then I saw it – it was made in the Philippines. It was not imported, therefore cheaper. Really? Could it be that? Or could it be a knock-off made with half-assed ingredients that were manufactured in a test-tube somewhere? Frankly, I would not be able to know.

Nevertheless, my curiosity got me and I decided to give it a try. I bought one bottle and thought I’d break it open on Christmas eve.

A quick google on how to drink soju, lead me to this website – slate.com which starts off it’s article by saying that the “soju – the best-selling booze in the world, tastes like cleaning solvent.”

Well, that’s interesting… What have I gotten myself into? I wondered.

Well, at least I learned that soju is drunk “neat” – a bar-tending term which means you don’t add ice, but should be served cold. As soon as I arrived home, I placed in the fridge.

When I opened the bottle come midnight, I was mildly surprised that all the hype about this drink was not all it was said to be. It didn’t taste like cleaning solvent, and it wasn’t that bad. It tasted like grapes. Then again, I did buy this grape-flavored one. Perhaps the pure soju does taste like cleaning solvent. I just got lucky.

The 14.5% alcohol content did worry me a bit. I did not want to get smashed, so I did not finish off the bottle – just half of it.

The review

I have not drunk soju before, be it the pure one or a premixed one, or any brand that have come from Korea. Therefore my review is worth a big grain of salt.

In any case, it’s taste wasn’t as strong as I was expecting it to be, nor the alcohol hit did not hit me that much. It might be because I did not drink the entire bottle. I hear Koreans can down bottles of this in a night.

The mild grape taste of this variant was nice, though.

Would I trade this for a genuine Korean soju? Like I said – no idea. But it’s cheaper being locally produced. If you’re craving that soju feel, but don’t want to make your wallet hate you, perhaps this could be an alternative.

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