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!
As you can see from the labelling Won Tak Makgeolli is closely associated with one-time K-Pop star Tak Jae-hoon, he of Country Kko Kko fame. It joins ‘Young Tak Makgeolli’ as one of a few rice wines trying to capitalize on the recent surge in popularity of ‘craft’ makgeolli. The drink itself is decent enough, it’s smooth without really tasting too much but it does have a slight sour aftertaste. It also has a slight carbonation.
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)
Young-tak probably needs no introductions as it has quickly swept Korea over the last year or so. It smells like it will be quite sour but it’s actually surprising quite sweet. It is a really smooth makgeolli to drink and like a Jangsoo or a Saengtak is a multiple bottle rice wine that you could definitely drink several of over a session. They interestingly started off with clear bottles but seem to have joined others like Jipyeong and switched to white PET, the reason for this is to allow the bottles to be reused several times..yeah I know!!! Continue reading #75 Youngtak Makgeolli (영탁 막걸리)
It’s a little weak tasting and you could really be drinking a cup of anything as there’s no corn smell or taste. It’s also really light and quite watery with no carbonation which just adds to the disappointment as it really fails to hit the spot. It’s safe to say that this is not my favorite corn alcohol which I was surprised at as the brewery’s Dodeok (review here) is actually really good so there is no real excuse for this being so weak. Continue reading #74. Gangwon-do Corn Makgeolli (강원도 옥수수 막걸리)
Sokrisan DongDongJu is light with no carbonation, it has a slightly sour aftertaste but it’s not really enough to be off-putting and it is really pleasant and easy to drink. It’s made with ‘찹쌀’ which is sticky, glutinous rice and, generally, makgeolli made with that rice is a little smoother than makgeolli made with normal rice. It’s definitely the kind of makgeolli that you could drink slowly over a night in front of Trot TV variety show….trust me I was forced to do exactly that by the wife. Continue reading #73 Sokrisan DongDongJu (속리산 동동주)
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)
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)
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)