Seoul Jangsoo has long been the main, and sometimes only, bottle of makgeolli readily available in the capital but with the recent influx of ricewine from other areas and cities the Seoul Jangsoo Brewery decided to launch a new bottle on the market and so InSaeng (Life) makgeolli was born. But which makgeolli is the best? I decided to put them both to the taste test and where better to do so than to go for a walk up Namsan Mountain.Continue reading Seoul Jangsoo vs InSaeng Makgeolli
It’s not going to win any awards for its apple flavor any time soon but Cheongsong Apple makgeolli is an incredibly smooth and silky makgeolli. You cant’t really feel any evidence from the apples in either in it’s taste nor it’s smell but what it might lack in fruitiness it more than makes up for in being a really good rice wine which I could have drank all night……although I sometimes feel that says more about me being Scottish than it does about the quality or taste of the alcohol I’m drinking.
Continue reading #80 Cheongsong Apple Makgeolli (청송 사과 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)
For a long time Koreans were subjected to pretty bland beers and were turning, for the most part, to Japanese and Chinese beers for something that tasted of more than just the local tap water. One of the companies that emerged from this need for something more was Craftroot and with them they brought the exceptional Snow IPA which has got to be one of the best craft beers in Korea. Snow IPA is not as strong as a lot of IPAs can tend to be and has more of a softer and more mellow feeling, which makes it easier to drink several cans in the one sitting. It has a slightly fruity aftertaste and is a little ‘hoppy’, like a West Coast IPA, but would definitely be my ‘goto’ IPA if only it was available in CU. Continue reading #57. Craftroot Snow IPA (설 IPA)