KOREAN NAME: 선호 생막걸리
REVIEW: If you’re passing through the makgeolli aisle of E-Mart, you may notice a bright, blue bottle sticking out from all the competitors. This would be Seonho Saeng Makgeolli and the color of the bottle is not its only noteworthy attribute. The front of the label proudly features the words “아스파탐 무첨가”, or “No aspartame additives.” This absence has made Seonho very, very dry with a slight bitter-sour punch at the end.
Needless to say, it’s not for everyone. One friend called Seonho “The Blue Bottle of Death”, which is overly harsh, sure. But I could see how your average makgeolli drinker who is used to Seoul Jangsoo, Daebak, or a hundred other aspartame-choked brews might make a face after tasting this bottle.
This is all to say that I think Seonho is a bottle for brewers, makgeolli adventurers, and people who are sick of the sweet stuff. For those of you like my friend, I would still recommend getting this bottle, giving it a taste, and, if it really bothers you, add a splash of cider for some maksa. But do yourself a favor and try it!
Body: Medium-bodied to thick.
Smell: Seonho is strikingly pungent with a sour, medicinal odor.
BREWERY: Gimpo Geumssal Takju (김포 금쌀 탁주)
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Gimpo (경기도, 김포시)
PURCHASED: Seoul, Wangsimni, E-Mart (서울, 왕십리역)
AVAILABILITY: I would normally expect to see this bottle at a select few joomaks so I was quite surprised that I came across it at the E-Mart in Wangsimni and in Yongsan. It’s interesting to note that I didn’t see it at either of the E-Marts that I surveyed for the 2015 Supermarket Guide (read that write up here) or in the E-Mart I usually go to in Keondae.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%
INGREDIENTS: Gimpo “Golden” rice (100%)
VOLUME: 750 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life 20 days)