IWSC 2023 Spirits Awards: Shochu

Spirit news

Mon 27 Mar 2023

For several reasons Shochu, a traditional Japanese distilled spirit, is becoming increasingly popular internationally and this has been reflected in the number of entries to the IWSC awards, and the category’s medal results.

Shochu's lower alcohol content, versatility, unique flavour profile, and the cultural appeal of Japan worldwide are all seen as contributing factors to its increasing popularity internationally.

At this year’s judging, the Shochu category, which was overseen by Marie Cheong Thong was awarded 3 Gold Outstanding medals, 14 Golds, 39 Silver and 34 Bronze medal.

Gold Outstanding medal winners:


Discover all our 2023 spirits results on the IWSC website.