#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)

#50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

Made by the Seogawon Brewery, Chakhan, which means “kind” in Korean, is quite sour and bitter but yet there is still a slightly sweet aftertaste which was a bit of a surprise. It has quite a light and thin body which when coupled with that sweet and sour taste makes it really easy to gulp down and perfect for a warm day down the park watching sports. There is a slightly yellowish tinge to the drink which just like the sweet aftertaste I was not expecting. Continue reading #50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

#49 Corn DongDongJu ( 옥수수 동동주)

When you first imagine a corn-based alcoholic drink it doesn’t exactly set your tastebuds on fire but Corn DongDongJu actually is a whole lot better than it sounds and tastes more nutty than corn. Made by the Baedoga Brewery (http://www.baedoga.co.kr/) which produces Horangi Makgeolli, it is refreshing and easy to drink and even though it has quite a thin body it more than makes up for that with it’s strong taste and unique aroma. It is made with over 3% NON-GMO corn along with the brewery’s rather unique method of grinding the rice into a powder instead of using the more traditional steamed rice that most other breweries use. Continue reading #49 Corn DongDongJu ( 옥수수 동동주)

#48 Gimpo Gold Rice Makgeolli (김포 금쌀 막걸리)

I had been eager to try Gimpo Gold for a long time, this was mainly because in the world of white and green bottles the unusual blue bottle had more than once caught my eye.  There was also the tagline of “Gold” which I, probably foolishly, still genuinely believe should be reserved for things in the higher end bracket of a product line, unfortunately that didn’t seem to have filtered through to Gimpo. It is overly sweet and added to the rather thin body it feels like you would be as well drinking a glass of sugary water rather than makgeolli, it’s safe to say I wasn’t a fan and would have been a tad annoyed had I paid a ‘golden’ price for it to be honest. But it is a beautiful bottle! Continue reading #48 Gimpo Gold Rice Makgeolli (김포 금쌀 막걸리)

#47 Seobaeksan Black Bean Makgeolli (소백산 검은콩 막걸리)

When you first read this on the menu it doesn’t exactly set your taste-buds on fire but thankfully it tastes so much better than it sounds. It has quite a sweet and nutty taste which does mean it’s not the kind of makgeolli that you will want to drink multiple bottles of in the one sitting but is definitely one that you should more than enjoy savoring. It is a little like drinking black bean flavoured soy milk such as the consistency of the makgeolli. It is one of my favourite makgeollis and there is always an empty bottle of it on my table when last orders are called at the end of the night. Continue reading #47 Seobaeksan Black Bean Makgeolli (소백산 검은콩 막걸리)

#46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

Made by the Chil-gok brewery in North Gyeongsang, Sin Dong makgeolli is a slightly thicker than normal rice wine which makes it feel a little bit chalky although this is far from a criticism. The company boasts 140 years of tradition on their label and it definitely smells like a proper traditional rice wine unlike some of the recent ‘craft’ ricewines that are beginning to flood the market these days. It has a little bit of a sour aftertaste which for anyone who knows me will know that gets an extra ‘happy face’ every time. Despite the sour taste there is a little bit of banana  in each sip which I was pleasantly surprised with as there is no such forewarning on the label. If you close your eyes it almost tastes like the really popular brand of banana milk (바나나맛 우유), almost! Continue reading #46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

#32 ‘Premium’ Busan Saengtak Makgeolli (프리미엄 생탁 막걸리)

If something is good, let’s mess around with it and try to make it better seems to have been the call to arms down South as the always reliable Busan Saengtak Makgeolli underwent a makeover and lo and behold both a ‘Premium’ and a ‘Mild’ version were conceived. The ‘mild’ is something I may never drag myself to blog about but I was intrigued to see how they would take a makgeolli that has slowly grown into one of my favourites and make it better….spoiler alert….they made it 1% stronger. Continue reading #32 ‘Premium’ Busan Saengtak Makgeolli (프리미엄 생탁 막걸리)

#23 Busan Dongbaek Makgeolli (부산 동백 막걸리)

Brewed by the Dongbaek Yangjo Brewery who also make a tomato makgeolli, yip that’s not a mistake, Busan Dongbaek Makgeolli is a light and refreshing rice wine that is dangerously easy to drink. It’s the kind of drink that you could easily drink a few bottles in a beer garden on a sunny day. It isn’t carbonated and so you can feel free to shake away, which is good as it takes a little while to fully mix.

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#15 Goheung Citrus Makgeolli (고흥 유자 막걸리)

With thinly sliced sugared citron (4%) added during fermentation Goheung Citron Makgeolli makes you almost feel as if you are drinking orange juice and it kind of reminded me a little of a less-sugary Sunny D. Unlike some of the other ‘fruit makgeollis’ on the market the tang of the citron is not limited to smell alone and continues to linger in the mouth after the makgeolli has gone down. It’s refreshing to drink and is definitely one that you could imagine downing copious amounts of outside a summer CU…..trust me I’ve tried it.

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#10 Jipyeong Makgeolli (지평 막걸리)

As commonly found in local marts these days as Cass and Hite, Jipyeong Makgeolli is fast becoming one of the most easily recognizable as well as most consumed rice wines around. This popularity could be down to the labeling on the bottle which sets the drinker up to believe that they are about to have one of the finest makgeollis on the market.  Boasts of the brewery dating back to 1925, making it the oldest distillery in Korea, give it that “traditional” feeling with years of craftsmanship filling every bottle.  Add to that the claim of their makgeolli only being made with Yangpyeong water, famed for its purity allegedly, and you could be forgiven for thinking this was going to be akin to the finest of Single Malt whiskies. Continue reading #10 Jipyeong Makgeolli (지평 막걸리)