Yobo Soju is a rarity in an rising class: Not solely is it made in New York’s Finger Lakes space, it’s achieved so by a Korean American mother and lawyer, Carolyn Kim, who needed to pay homage to her roots along with her tackle Korea’s nationwide spirit. The spirit is distilled from native Catawba grapes.
The nostril right here is partaking however quiet, touched with light petrol, recent linen, fragrance, and white floral notes — the aromatics coming throughout like a really mild blanche brandy. The palate can be fairly light — owing largely to the low abv — and in reality I wouldn’t thoughts a little bit of a bump right here. Related notes as discovered on the nostril dominate right here as effectively, with a physique that kicks off with honeydew melon and tree blossoms earlier than fading to notes of linen, fragrance, and a contact of that oily petrol. Extremely-clean on the end however totally innocuous, it’s efficient at doing what soju actually does greatest, providing a light and pliable base upon which to construct a much less boozy cocktail. By itself it’s a bit much less of a thrill.