KOREAN NAME: 배혜정 도가 쌀막걸리
REVIEW: Bae Hyejeong Doga (BHD) Ssal is, plain and simple, terrible. It would be completely insipid if it weren’t for the metallic sweetness of the aspartame, and this is clearly not a point in its favor.
There’s another bottle that BHD produces that looks nearly identical. However, I’m hoping that the recipe is better. It’s like people with twins: one ugly kid is bad enough, but no one should have to deal with two.
Body: Watery. Separates very easily.
Smell: Boozy, sour smell but not obnoxious.
BREWERY: Bae Hyejeong Doga, or BHD (배혜정 도가)
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Hwaseong (경기도, 화성시)
PURCHASED: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, E-Mart (서울, 광진구)
AVAILABILITY: For such a terrible makgeolli, it’s a shame that this is a bottle easy to find in the supermarkets. I feel that, once again, people unfamiliar with or new to makgeolli might get the wrong impression if this is one of their first encounters.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%
INGREDIENTS: Korean rice (15.23%), purified water, extracted enzymes, 효모 yeast, citric acid, lactate, aspartame
VOLUME: 1000 ml
OTHER FACTS: This bottle first went on shelves in 2006 and, according to their website, it won the silver prize in something called the “Korea Makgeolli Festival”. Another interesting fact – the website claims that BHD Ssal Makgeolli contains “no ‘artificial additives’” despite the fact that aspartame is clearly labeled on the bottle.