The craft makgeolli that seemed to start the whole craze on naming alcoholic drinks after household brands/products. It’s a little thicker than most makgeolli and definitely separates quickly in the bottle so needs a good shake before pouring. Thick and creamy with no carbonation. Very much tastes and feels like a ‘crafted’ makgeolli rather than a traditional one. But I surprisingly quite liked it and it was definitely better than I expected.
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!
It has slight carbonation and both a slightly bitter and slightly sweet taste. It is pretty thin and, like most thin rice wines, it splits quite quickly in the cup. It has a pretty short shelf-life which is kind of surprising given that it seems to have been produced mainly for export. It is an easy ricewine to drink and is a definitely worth ordering if you want to take the time to go online and wait for your makgeolli fix.
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.
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)
It’s a very light and smooth makgeolli, it has no carbonation which means you can make sure to mix it 100%. It seem to be becoming more and more popular in restaurants in the Gyeonggi area and offers a great alternative to the Jangsoo and Jipyeong that so often takes us the fridge space. It is a really easy makgeolli to drink and is definitely one for the purists and newbies alike.
It does look exactly like the normal Seoul Jangsoo makgeolli, I was expecting it to have a more ‘citrus’ colour to be honest. It does taste a little of citrus but only slightly and really does taste more like a heavily watered down orange cordial juice. It is a fairly new addition to the Jangsoo Brewery’s portfolio but I severely doubt that it will become as popular as Insaeng (see video review at bottom of post) or even the ginseng flavored Jangsoo.
Baekam Makgeolli has no carbonation whatsoever, which is ideal as it needs a little bit of a shake to mix it properly. It is an incredibly smooth ricewine to drink and is really light and you could easily spend a night drinking bottle after bottle as it is one of those drinks that you don’t want the bottle to finish. it is a little chalky in colour but with no aftertaste. I think the best way to describe is as the makgeolli equivalent to eating a Galaxy chocolate bar. Continue reading #77. Yongin Baekam Makgeolli (용인 백암 생 막걸리)
Yet another addition to the Pocheon Idong family is their take on a Dodeok makgeolli. Root makgeolli tends to be both strong on your taste-buds and on your nose but unfortunately this one falls short on taste and is definitely not as strong as other dodeok makgeolli on the market (Gangwon-do Dodeok review). It is quite watery and thin and seems to be common with a lot of Pocheon Idonf rice wine which I guess is fine if you like the sort of drink but I much prefer a thicker rice wine. It is slightly darker in colour than the brewery’s other offerings. Continue reading #71. Pocheon Idong Dodeok Makgeolli (포천 이동 더덕 막걸리)