#43 Gapyeong Pine Nut 1872 Makgeolli (가평 잣 1872 막걸리)

Made by the Woorisool Company, who also brought us the ‘standard’ Gapyeong makgeolli (review here) Gapyeong Pine Nut made the Michelin Guide website in June 2019 as one of their recommended rice wine parings (see here). As the review said it is a smooth and easy-to-drink makgeolli and given how disgusting the cans of pine nut “juice” are it was more than a little bit surprising just how good this tasted. It is quite thin and does tend to lack the thick body of a Geunjeongsanseong (review here) but it more than makes up for that in taste. On the first sip it appears to have a typical makgeolli taste but then suddenly there is a subtle hint of nuttiness that sets it apart from more generic offerings. Continue reading #43 Gapyeong Pine Nut 1872 Makgeolli (가평 잣 1872 막걸리)

#41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

Pocheon Myeongga “Famous” Makgeolli has recently been making is presence felt more and more among the Jipyeong (review here) and Jangsoo bottles in most makgeolli bar refrigerators. It is a light and refreshing rice wine without being particularly unique. It would definitely be a good drink for a balmy Korean summer night due to it’s lack of fizz and smooth body however. It does have a slight aftertaste but it is far from overpowering and, to be honest, could be doing with being a little bit stronger for those of us who enjoy having our jaws pulled in a little. Continue reading #41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

#40 ‘Alley’ Makgeolli (골목 막걸리)

골목 or”alley” Makgeolli was actually discovered on celebrity chef Baek Jong-won’s TV program ‘Alley Restaurant’ (백종원의 골목식당) on one of his trips to Daejeon. It is a very easy and pleasant makgeolli to drink, it is a little thin but without being watery and is one of those rice wines that you could easily drink all night. It is a simple but solid makgeolli that does have you raising your hand towards the nearest waiter for another. Park Yoo-Deok who brews the makgeolli said that he has purposefully focused on the use of good quality water and has kept the taste more “neutral” so it goes better with food. Continue reading #40 ‘Alley’ Makgeolli (골목 막걸리)

#36 Hwaseong Saeng Makgeolli (화성 생 막걸리)

Made by the same people who brought us Horangi Draft, Hwaseong Saeng Makgeolli has a slightly bitter taste although not too strong. It, unfortunately, feels a little watery as you are drinking it which kind of takes away from the bitterness leaving  you feeling slightly underwhelmed and disappointed. It is light and would make be a reasonably good choice on a sunny day down the park but it lacks the body of a truly great sour rice wine. Continue reading #36 Hwaseong Saeng Makgeolli (화성 생 막걸리)

#35 Yongin Sanyang-Sam Makgeolli (산양삼 막걸리)

Unlike some other ginseng ricewines on the market, Sanyangsam is considerably less bitter than others and in fact doesn’t contain the all too often overwhelming assault on your taste buds and/or nostrils that so many seem to pride themselves on.  It is a slightly chalky and fizzy makgeolli and despite lacking in any ginseng flavour (hence the 2.5 score) it isn’t too bad. It goes down easily enough without ever really making you think about jumping back on the Everland subway line in pursuit of a 2nd bottle. Continue reading #35 Yongin Sanyang-Sam Makgeolli (산양삼 막걸리)

#30 Baedari Makgeolli (배다리막걸리)

Baedari which translates to the old name for Goyang in Gyeonngi-do was a favourite of ex-President Park Chung-hee.  It is pretty light rice wine with very little carbonation and is pretty refreshing to drink after a tough day. It was once regarded as the ‘purest’ of makgeollis due to it being brewed in the traditional manner and using water from 200m underground. It doesn’t really have a distinctive flavour but it does have something about it which sets it apart from many others. Continue reading #30 Baedari Makgeolli (배다리막걸리)

#29 Tiger Belly Makgeolli (호랑이배꼽막걸리)

Brewed by 밝은세상녹색영농조합 (website here) in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, the name tiger is used in the product name because Pyeongtaek, where the brewery is located, is commonly regarded as the tiger belly on the tiger-like Korean peninsula. With zero carbonation, it is a very light and smooth drink which goes down exceptionally easily and quickly! It boasts no artificial additives and uses 100% Pyeongtaek rice (60% white rice, 40% brown rice). Continue reading #29 Tiger Belly Makgeolli (호랑이배꼽막걸리)