#27 Gijangsoo Pumpkin Makgeolli (지장수 호박 막걸리)

A slightly fizzy rice wine made with 0.4% pumpkin which gives it it’s rather unique orangey/yellow glow. Any initial fears of an overpowering pumpkin smell or flavour are quickly averted as your average floorboard tastes and smells more like Cinderella’s dreaded evening snack. Winner of  the ‘Top Quality’ award at the 2015 Woori Sool Culture Awards, it’s a refreshing and easy makgeolli to drink without making you run back to the mart for more. It is, in my opinion, way more blander than I thought it was going to be and could have really set itself apart from more generic brands with a little more effort. Continue reading #27 Gijangsoo Pumpkin Makgeolli (지장수 호박 막걸리)

#26 Sejong Cheongju Makgeolli (세종 청주 막걸리)

Brewed in Cheongju by the Sejong Brewing company (website), Sejong Cheongju Makgeolli is a simple and traditionally tasting makgeolli which although it doesn’t raise too many exclamations of taste-bud ecstasy, is a decent enough rice wine. It was perfectly summed up by a friend as being an “everyday makgeolli” and that it exactly what it is with it’s low carbonation and smooth texture. Perfect on a sunny day down the park, it has a slightly sour taste which I’m sure those less classy drinkers out there would dilute with some Chilsung Cider, much to my annoyance of course. Continue reading #26 Sejong Cheongju Makgeolli (세종 청주 막걸리)

#25 Taehwaro Makgeolli (태화루 막걸리)

Boasting over 50yrs of brewing craftsmanship, Taehwaro (태화루) would appear to be the favourite makgeolli among the locals of Ulsan. It is a little similar in body to Busan’s Seangtak (review here) although it does earn a 2nd place when it comes to taste comparisons. Taehwaro has a rather mild taste and while not bland it wouldn’t hold it’s own in a makgeolli “Pepsi challenge”.  Taehwaro also only comes in at 5.5% alcohol content which might explain why Ulsan is the powerhouse of Korean industry with some of the largest factories in the world and the country’s least hungover employees. Continue reading #25 Taehwaro Makgeolli (태화루 막걸리)

#24 Wooryung E Ssal Makgeolli (우렁이쌀 막걸리)

Made by the Yangchon Brewery in Nonsan,  Wooryung E Ssal has little to no carbonation which is ideal as after a couple of hours in the refrigerator it begins to separate and needs to be well shaken before drinking. It comes in at a little higher on the ‘luxury’ end of the makgeolli spectrum and has a beautifully designed bottle with it’s easily recognizable red taping covering the lid. It is definitely a rice wine to be drank when you have time to spend as it deserves to be savored and not gulped down like a Jangsu. Continue reading #24 Wooryung E Ssal Makgeolli (우렁이쌀 막걸리)

#23 Busan Dongbaek Makgeolli (부산 동백 막걸리)

Brewed by the Dongbaek Yangjo Brewery who also make a tomato makgeolli, yip that’s not a mistake, Busan Dongbaek Makgeolli is a light and refreshing rice wine that is dangerously easy to drink. It’s the kind of drink that you could easily drink a few bottles in a beer garden on a sunny day. It isn’t carbonated and so you can feel free to shake away, which is good as it takes a little while to fully mix.

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#22 Song Myeong Seob Makgeolli (송명섭이 직접 빚은 막걸리)

Seen by many a ‘connoisseur’ as the “peak” of makgeollis due to it having no, or very few, additives Song Myeong Seob Makgeolli has a sour and bitter taste with a slightly watery body. Very similar in taste to Gaedo Makgelli (review here) but definitely a lot lighter and probably easier to drink. Song Myong Seob generally comes in 900ml bottles as opposed to 750ml which is ideal as once you crack open that lid and taste that first sip it does kind of leave you wanting more. Continue reading #22 Song Myeong Seob Makgeolli (송명섭이 직접 빚은 막걸리)

#21 Bong Pyeong Buckwheat Makgeolli (봉평메밀 막걸리)

Bong Pyeong Buckwheat makgeolli, as the name would suggest, is made from buckwheat which makes up 5% of the total ingredients. This 5%, unfortunately, doesn’t really go a long way to adding a whole lot of body or indeed flavour to the drink. It tends to be a little watery  and lacks the thicker consistency of other readily available rice wines. Despite not being the most flavourable of makgeollis it still has a slightly bitter after taste which tends to linger a little too long in the mouth. Continue reading #21 Bong Pyeong Buckwheat Makgeolli (봉평메밀 막걸리)

#20 Gaedo Makgeolli (개도 막걸리)

Hailing from the small island of Gaedo, which is part of the Dadohaehaesang National Marine Park off the coast of Yeosu, this sour tasting rice wine is definitely one of the most distinctive tasting makgeolli I have had. It is pretty chalky and is not one to be left too long in the cup as it settles quite quickly soon after pouring. It has an incredibly sour first taste and will definitely draw in the jaws of even the most hardened of makgeolli drinkers. It does sweeten a little after that first mouthful or two. Continue reading #20 Gaedo Makgeolli (개도 막걸리)

#19 Han River Ale (한강)

Made by Korean craft beer company 7brau (see website here), Han River Ale is brewed as a witbier with an “citrus taste”. The citrus taste comes from the added orange peel sediment in the bottle so don’t make the same schoolboy error I did and drink the first few gulps without shaking it first as it really does change the flavour. The label claims that it also has oats added but that wasn’t particularly evident in the taste. It has the typically lemmon-ish colour of most witbiers but without the overpowering sourness so commonly found with them. Continue reading #19 Han River Ale (한강)

#18 Bohae Bokbungja-ju (보해 복분자주)

Bokbunjajoo is a fortified wine made from fermented black raspberries which give it it’s dark purple colour and obvious fruity smell. Made by Jeollanam-do’s Bohae Brewery, who boast almost 70 yrs of tradition, it is sweet without being overly sickly and did in fact win a silver medal for flavour at the international wine awards back in 2005. Coming from near Glasgow I am of course used to “fortified wines” and although far easier to drink than a bottle of Buckfast I can’t see me convincing the boys down the local park to switch allegiances anytime soon! Continue reading #18 Bohae Bokbungja-ju (보해 복분자주)