#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)

#39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)

Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli has an almost nutty aroma to it and has a slight, but definitely not overpowering, sweetish taste. Made by the Jeonju Casting brewery it does only have an strength of 5.5% which is a little lower than your normal makgeolli and is quite surprising given the relatively strong taste. It needs a good sake before drinking in order to make sure that it is properly mixed. Continue reading #39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)

#38 Geumjeongsan Seong Makgeolli (금정산성 막걸리)

Geumjeongsan Seong, or Geumjeong Mountain Fortress Makgeolli is widely regarded as one of Korea’s finest rice wines and to be honest it’s difficult to argue with that accolade. It’s a little thicker than a lot of other makgeolli out there and that becomes even more apparent when you’ve had a couple of bottles of something else before it. It has a distinctive taste, which lingers long after you’ve finished your cup and has an aroma that would make one of those pretentious wine drinkers sniff over and over. It is a little bitter but then again I am beginning to think most of the best ones are. Continue reading #38 Geumjeongsan Seong Makgeolli (금정산성 막걸리)

#37 Sangdong Saeng Takju (상동 생타주)

Made by Sangdong Brewery in Gimhae City Sangdong Saeng Takju has a very distinctive and sweetly sour taste which could suck in the jaws of even the hardest of faces. It has a particularly short shelf-life of roughly 10 days which is great for giving you an excuse to crack a bottle open after you’ve already upset the wife with an all-day session. It’s really light without being overly watery and is a pretty damn good rice wine once you prise your jaws back open that is although the strong sweet and sourness does mean that it’s not going to be a two-bottle affair. Continue reading #37 Sangdong Saeng Takju (상동 생타주)

#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)

#33 Dongrae San Seong Makgeolli (동래산성 막걸리)

With it’s elaborate Chinese lettering label Dongrae San Seong Makgeolli is one of Busan’s lesser known rice wines, so much so that it took me almost six trips nine months apart to get my hands on another bottle. They tend to change their label design pretty often which can make it appear even more elusive. Like most Busan offerings it has a slightly sour/bitter taste and has more of a bite to it than it’s Seoul competitors. It has a shelf-life or around a month due to being non-pasteurized so make sure your calendar, or fridge, isn’t too full. Continue reading #33 Dongrae San Seong Makgeolli (동래산성 막걸리)