Shake Shack Makgeolli Shake

Shake Shack celebrated their 5yr anniversary in Korea recently by launching a limited edition Bulgogi Burger and Makgeolli ‘milkshake’. I, of course, had to sample the makgeolli shake…..a couple of times!

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#92 Yangsan Cheonseongsan Makgeolli (양산 천성산 막걸리)

Smells and tastes as bitter as a Gaedo but it lacks the body of the island ricewine which is a little disappointing. I had unfortunately carried this all over Haeundae Beach in my bag before getting it into a fridge which may have impacted slightly on my enjoyment. That being said it was a decent enough makgeolli and given the fact I couldn’t find Dongbaek anywhere it was a more than adequate substitute.

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#91 JeonJiSu Makgeolli (천지소 막걸리)

It has slight carbonation and both a slightly bitter and slightly sweet taste. It is pretty thin and, like most thin rice wines, it splits quite quickly in the cup. It has a pretty short shelf-life which is kind of surprising given that it seems to have been produced mainly for export. It is an easy ricewine to drink and is a definitely worth ordering if you want to take the time to go online and wait for your makgeolli fix.

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#90 Youngtak ‘Mild’ Makgeolli (영탁 순 막걸리)

This does actually seem to be ‘YoungTak’ Makgeolli rebranded after the legal dispute with the Trot singer….so I guess I’ll reuse the original 🙂

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#88 Malpyo ‘Horse’ Makgeolli (말픞 막걸리)

Allegedly named after a famous shoe polish brand, it’s a a really sour tasting black bean makgeolli. There is a lot of sediment and so you need to drink it pretty quickly as once it settles there’s a lot at the bottom of your cup. The colour is also a little brown in order to match the shoe polish, which I’m not really sure was a good idea. Not sure I’m a fan of this to be honest and it’s definitely not one that I’ll be rushing out to buy again.

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Seochon Food Street Tour

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!

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#87 ‘Father’s Youth’ Makgeolli (아빠 의청춘 막걸리)

I’ll be honest when I first found this nestling among some Incheon makgeolli in a local Bupyeong mart, I bought it more out of curiosity then expectation…I was wrong. I really didn’t expect to like it but it is actually really good. It is a little sour but it definitely packs a punch and might just be a acquired taste. It’s also a little thick with some slight carbonation

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#86 Chilgapsan Daechi Makgeolli (칠갑산 대치 막걸리)

It is quick thick and bitter and has a slightly yellow hue. The bitterness isn’t too overpowering but it does make you clench your jaws and its probably not going to be a good rice wine for someone new to makgeolli. It is one of those makgeolli that has an ‘old-fashioned’ and more traditional feel to it, which for me is a huge positive with all the recent ‘craft’ makgeolli that is beginning to flood the market.

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Seoul Jangsoo vs InSaeng Makgeolli

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.

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