#72 Jirisan Herb Makgeolli (지리산 허브 막걸리)

 

Jirisan ‘Herb’ Makgeolli has a slightly sour aftertaste with the drink itself being quite thin with no carbonation. It is made using Rosemary and Lavendar in the brewing process and although you can smell a slight ‘herb’ odor there is no real ‘herb’ taste which is a little disappointing as it would have made it taste a little more unique as it does have a kind of generic taste. It is a refreshing makgeolli and is definitely one that you could drink several of over the course of a session as it’s subtle and non-overpowering taste make it perfect to drink a couple of bottles. Continue reading #72 Jirisan Herb Makgeolli (지리산 허브 막걸리)

#71. Pocheon Idong Dodeok Makgeolli (포천 이동 더덕 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)

#70 Gangwon-do Dodeok Makgeolli (강원도 산도덕 막걸리)

It has a very distinct root taste but like Chigalpsan (review available here) it’s not  too overpowering and is pretty mild and light. There is quite a lot of carbonation and stays “bubbly” for most of the cup although I guess that really does depend on how quickly you drink 🙂 It is easy to drink which is good as it generally comes in 1.2L bottles so there’s a lot to of rice wine to get through. It has a strong ‘earthy’ aroma which adds to that authentic ‘root’ makgeolli vibe. Continue reading #70 Gangwon-do Dodeok Makgeolli (강원도 산도덕 막걸리)

#69 Yongin Cheoinseong Makgeolli (용인 처인성 막걸리)

This rather elusive Yongin makgeolli tastes a little similar to Jipyeong Makgeoli although I would definitely recommend it before the more commonly found Jipyeong. It does have a perfect balance of sweet and sour although they do say that the longer you keep it in your fridge the more sour it becomes. My friend from Yongin bought me three bottles….but they didn’t really stay unopened long enough for me to put the changing taste claim to the test. It has a fantastically sour smelling aroma when you open it and this along with the balanced taste does make it worth a trip to Yongin to find it…..or try and make a friends with someone from the area if you don’t like long subway journeys. Continue reading #69 Yongin Cheoinseong Makgeolli (용인 처인성 막걸리)

#68 Baekryun Muhaksan Makgeolli (백련장수 무학산 막걸리)

Muhaksan is yet another offering from the Baekryun Brewery and like most of their other makgeolli this one also doesn’t disappoint. It’s easy to drink and is quite smooth and light . It has a slightly yellow-white colour and definitely has a distinct ‘San’ (mountain) aftertaste which is a little tangy and sour but nothing that is going to suck your jaws in. It almost has the perfect balance as it’s also not as thick as some off the other ‘mountain’ rice wines and is perfect on a summer’s day after a hike or sitting atop Namsan with a picnic. Continue reading #68 Baekryun Muhaksan Makgeolli (백련장수 무학산 막걸리)

#67. Buyeo Chestnut Makgeolli (부여 알밤 막걸리)

 

I found this bottle in the local mart across from my apartment so decided to grab a bottle as they normally only stock Jipyeong and Jangsoo. I think I can confidently claim that they won’t be stocking it in bulk any time soon as it reall is incredibly sickly sweet and tastes more like caramel or toffee that chestnut. It actually remined me of a candy bar called Caramac from the UK that I used to love when I was a kid, I guess my taste buds have changed a lot as I found this bordering on disgusting and it was difficult to finish a full bottle. Definitely not one I’d recommend. Continue reading #67. Buyeo Chestnut Makgeolli (부여 알밤 막걸리)

#66. Baekryun Cultured Wild Ginseng Makgeolli (백련장수 배양근 산삼 막걸리)

Made by Baekryun Jangsoo, ‘Wild Ginseng’ Makgeolli has a particularly strong ginseng taste and smell which can be slightly overpowering at first. It sounds like it would be tough to drink but is actually incredibly smooth and refreshing although definitely only a one-bottler. The smell is so strong that you can actually smell the ginseng as you are shaking the bottle. It’s probably not a makgeolli that everyone would like but I definitely recommend trying it, especially on a hot and humid night. Continue reading #66. Baekryun Cultured Wild Ginseng Makgeolli (백련장수 배양근 산삼 막걸리)

#65. Udo Peanut Makgeolli ( 우도 땅콩 막걸리)

I think I had my opinion on peanut makgeolli ruined a few years back when I had a particularly bad bottle and so was actually surprised by how much better this tasted that I thought it was going to be. It tastes like actual roasted peanuts like the ones you find in both Hofs (Korean pubs) and restaurants whereas some other peanut rice wines tend to be add way too much sweetener in order to make them taste less “nutty”. There is very little carbonation which in turn makes it really easy and refreshing to drink. Continue reading #65. Udo Peanut Makgeolli ( 우도 땅콩 막걸리)

#63. Baekryun Snow Makgeolli (백련장수 막걸리)

 

Baekryun ‘Snow’ Makgeolli is a light and smooth rice wine that is really easy to drink a couple of bottles over the course of a night. It is made using the white lotus flower and so does have a little bit of a bitter aftertaste but nothing that would make you winch or think twice about having another cup. It has almost no carbonation so it doesn’t bag you up quickly and is safe to give a proper shake to before opening. It was selected by ex-President Lee Myung-bak as the official ‘makgeolli of the Blue House’. Continue reading #63. Baekryun Snow Makgeolli (백련장수 막걸리)

#62. Hansan Mosi Makgeolli (한산 모시 생 막걸리)

 

When you see the label you instantly imagine the a unique tasting makgeolli lies in wait for you but, unfortunately, it’s kind of generic tasting despite the herb being added. It is a little more carbonated than expected and that first pour can end up more like an explosion.  It is slightly thicker than most off-the-shelf rice wines but it is still light enough to drink easily. The taste is a little bit sweet and sour with the sweetness probably being stronger, which as I mentioned was surprising given it’s made form the herb/plant. It is perfect to during or after a hike and I had a bottle while walking along the stream near my house. Continue reading #62. Hansan Mosi Makgeolli (한산 모시 생 막걸리)