Shake Shack Makgeolli Shake

Shake Shack celebrated their 5yr anniversary in Korea recently by launching a limited edition Bulgogi Burger and Makgeolli ‘milkshake’. I, of course, had to sample the makgeolli shake…..a couple of times!

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#88 Malpyo ‘Horse’ Makgeolli (말픞 막걸리)

Allegedly named after a famous shoe polish brand, it’s a a really sour tasting black bean makgeolli. There is a lot of sediment and so you need to drink it pretty quickly as once it settles there’s a lot at the bottom of your cup. The colour is also a little brown in order to match the shoe polish, which I’m not really sure was a good idea. Not sure I’m a fan of this to be honest and it’s definitely not one that I’ll be rushing out to buy again.

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Seochon Food Street Tour

We went to Seochon, Seoul to try Gwanghwamun Makgeolli for the first time

Find out about one of the best food streets in the middle of Seoul 😎 We visit one of the most famous galbi restaurants in the area and I try my best to tell the difference between Jipyeong and Gwanghwamun makgeolli….*spoiler alert* it’s not easy. The food was fantastic, the makgeolli was great and we even had time for a beer at the end before our baby woke up!

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#87 ‘Father’s Youth’ Makgeolli (아빠 의청춘 막걸리)

I’ll be honest when I first found this nestling among some Incheon makgeolli in a local Bupyeong mart, I bought it more out of curiosity then expectation…I was wrong. I really didn’t expect to like it but it is actually really good. It is a little sour but it definitely packs a punch and might just be a acquired taste. It’s also a little thick with some slight carbonation

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#86 Chilgapsan Daechi Makgeolli (칠갑산 대치 막걸리)

It is quick thick and bitter and has a slightly yellow hue. The bitterness isn’t too overpowering but it does make you clench your jaws and its probably not going to be a good rice wine for someone new to makgeolli. It is one of those makgeolli that has an ‘old-fashioned’ and more traditional feel to it, which for me is a huge positive with all the recent ‘craft’ makgeolli that is beginning to flood the market.

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Jeju Orange Alcohol Review

Jeju Island is a an island off the coast of Korea and it’s famous for it’s oranges as well as fantastic pork and peanuts. It also has the highest mountain in South Korea, Hallasan, which has probably the best Soju in Korea named after it.

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Seoul Jangsoo vs InSaeng Makgeolli

Seoul Jangsoo has long been the main, and sometimes only, bottle of makgeolli readily available in the capital but with the recent influx of ricewine from other areas and cities the Seoul Jangsoo Brewery decided to launch a new bottle on the market and so InSaeng (Life) makgeolli was born. But which makgeolli is the best? I decided to put them both to the taste test and where better to do so than to go for a walk up Namsan Mountain.

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#85 Pocheon 1932 Idong Dodeok Makgeolli (포천 1932 더덕 막걸리)

You can smell the dodeok but it doesn’t really taste of it all that much. It’s a little too thin and watery and it’s definitely not as good as some of the other dodeok makgeolli that’s on the market, for example Chilgapsan (review here). It’s unfortunately another slightly disappointing effort from a Pocheon brewery and given that I really enjoy the ‘root’ flavoured rice wines I definitely regretted carrying it all the way back from a Hwaseong mart as I made my way home from the football.

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#84 Soseongju Plus (소성주 플러스)

Made with only domestic rice unlike the standard version (review here) which uses a mixture of both domestic and foreign rice, ‘Plus’ is Incheon’s answer to Jangsoo ’10 day’ makgeolli, the ‘Plus’ being because it is domestic rice only. It is a little sour and has a lot of carbonation so make sure you have your cup at the ready. It is a simple makgeolli which is light and easy to drink but it is kind of easily forgettable as there isn’t really anything ‘Plus’ about it that sets it apart from the standard Soseongju and there’s definitely nothing to justify a 200W higher price tag. Continue reading #84 Soseongju Plus (소성주 플러스)