Japanese 'Shochu': Liquor or Wine?

by Linfeng
(Japan)

Hi,

I would like to bring in some Japanese sake and 'shochu' from Japan. But I am not sure how do they different between liquor and wine? Is it by the alcohol content?

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Japanese 'Shochu': Liquor or Wine?

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Jun 15, 2009
Japanese Shochu is Classified as 'Liquor'
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Linfeng

I believe you are asking this question in view of the duty-free allowance at Changi Airport - a bona fide traveller above 18 years old may bring in the following duty free:

a. 1 litre of liquor
b. 1 litre of wine
c. 1 litre of beer

I did some reading up and have the following to report:

1. Liquor is produced by distillation.

2. Wine is produced by fermentation.

As Japanese Shochu is made by distillation, it'll be classified as 'liquor' at Changi Airport.

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