Makgeolli #16 – Tangy Canned Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 톡쏘는 쌀 막걸리

REVIEW: 토쏘는 쌀 막걸리 literally means Carbonated Rice Makgeolli but for some reason Woorisool translates the name as Tangy Canned Makgeolli. Despite this lack of inspiration (or accuracy), my first sip gave me high hopes for this canned makgeolli. The carbonation has a very pleasant mouth feel and it seemed like the sweetness was balanced by a slightly oaty bitterness. But, after about half a can, the aspartame sweetness overpowered the other flavors. Right next to the name of the makgeolli, you see these words: “Made with pure Gapyeong water found deep underground and young Gimpo rice” (청정 가평의 지하 암반수와 김포 햅쌀로 만든). If it had more of the natural ingredients it touts, maybe this wouldn’t be such an unlikeable drink.

Carbonation: High.

Body: Watery.

Smell: Even though it’s not part of the ingredients list, there’s a bit of a peanut butter smell.

SCORE: 2/7

BREWERY: Woorisool (우리술)

WEBSITE: www.woorisool.kr

ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Gapyeong-gun (경기도, 가평군)

PURCHASED: Seoul, Yongdu, Home Plus (서울, 용두)

AVAILABILITY: At Home Plus and possibly the other large outlets.

ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%

INGREDIENTS: purified water, Korean rice (11.4%), rice koji, 효모 yeast, purified enzymes, aspartame, acesulfame potassium

VOLUME: 350 ml (can)

PASTEURIZED: Yes

OTHER FACTS: Woorisool’s motto is “막걸리로 즐거운 시간” which might be translated (in Suntory-Time fashion) as “It’s a joyful time with makgeolli” or literally “With makgeolli, joyful time”.

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