#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)

#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)

#59. Cheonan Makgeolli (천안 막걸리)

Cheonan is not exactly famous for too many things but it’s makgeolli is up there with some of the best. No trip to the satellite city is complete without returning with some of their local produce with the beautifully pink labelled Cheonan Makgeolli being both easy and essential to find. Allegedly made with bedrock water from Heuksoengsan, a local mountain in Cheonan,  it is a light and refreshing rice wine which is really easy to drink and if you drink one bottle you are more than likely to want 2 or 3, at least that’s the excuse I used for almost missing the train back to Seoul. Like most of the best makgeolli it is best consumed quickly after you buy it as it doesn’t have a long shelf-life. Continue reading #59. Cheonan Makgeolli (천안 막걸리)

#58. Chilgapsan Deodeok Makgeolli (질갑산 더덕 막걸리)

 

Produced near Chilgapsan Mountain in the 충청남도 area, Dodeok Makgeolli has quite a thin body but what is might lack in ‘thickness’ it definitely makes up for in taste. It has both a strong aroma and taste and you are left in no doubt that you are drinking something made from a root. The taste is incredibly bitter with you jaws and taste-buds getting exercised with every sip you take. It kind of mad me think about the famous Simpsons episode where the rival village of Shelbyville are resigned to drinking turnip juice after a plot to steal Springfield’s lemon tree fails. That being said Dodeok Makgeolli is a lot more enjoyable to drink than a cup of turnip juice, you just have to prepare yourself for the bitterness. Continue reading #58. Chilgapsan Deodeok Makgeolli (질갑산 더덕 막걸리)

#56. Baekryun Corn DongDongJu (백련장수 옥수수 동동주)

The Baekryun Brewery has won several awards for their makgeolli and their Corn DongDongju is another good addition to their ever-growing menu. It has almost zero carbonation and is a little bit heavier than the Baedoga version I reviewed here. It is a little bit sweeter than I was expecting but nothing too strong that would stop you wanting to drink the rest of the bottle. It has an fantastically bright yellow colour which really does make you feel as if you are drinking something more like a corn milkshake, thankfully no such thing exists…..although I’m sure Korea has thought about it. Continue reading #56. Baekryun Corn DongDongJu (백련장수 옥수수 동동주)

#52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

Made by the Songak brewery in Asan City just South of Seoul, Oeam is a fragrant and tangy makgeolli which is slightly thicker than your average bottle. It is a little bitter and sour but not as overpowering as some of the other 충청남도 rice wines out there. It has very little carbonation so make sure to give it a good shake between pours as it does tend to separate pretty quickly and one of the plus points is that thickness. It is a good drink to have while watching a game of football or after a hike as it is refreshing without making you gulp it down like a cheap lager. Continue reading #52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

#51 Baekryun Albam Makgeolli (백련장수 알밤 막걸리)

Made by the Baekryun Jangsoo brewery, this makgeolli is a little sweet and nutty and definitely full of flavour.  The rice wine itself is bright yellow and is made with 0.24% chestnut. It is a little watery though and could probably do with slightly more body to make it a little thicker. It is really refreshing and would be great on a hot day hiking in the woods although probably best to avoid any of those flying squirrels on Namsan. Continue reading #51 Baekryun Albam Makgeolli (백련장수 알밤 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)