KOREAN NAME: 호랑이 생막걸리
REVIEW: If you’ve read my reviews of Bae Hyejeong Doga Saeng or Bae Hyejeong Doga Ssal, you know I’ve been pretty critical of BHD. However, BHD’s Horangi Saeng Makgeolli is a different story altogether.
Horangi (Korean for “tiger”) Makgeolli’s mouthfeel is particularly interesting: it manages to be creamy and thick tasting while the carbonation makes it feel very light. In terms of taste, it falls firmly on the sweet side. Odd considering the scent seemed pungently sour to me. Additionally, you can taste a slight undercurrent of the same kinds of complex, mustardy notes that are in ihwaju. I suspect that if you want your Horangi on the drier side, try to get a bottle near the end of its 60-day shelf life (or store it until then).
One last thing of note is that Horangi’s sugary quality comes from erythritol, a sweetener I haven’t encountered in makgeolli before. One of the negative side effects of erythritol is that it can cause upset stomachs or bloating. This was definitely the case for me when I first tried Horangi. But, the second time I tried it, I didn’t feel any discomfort. Did I eat something bad the first go around or did the erythritol get to me? It’s hard to say, but you should familiarize yourself with erythritol’s side effects (start with these articles here and here) and come to your own conclusion.
Despite these concerns, Horangi is a very tasty makgeolli and worth trying.
Smell: Sour and sulfuric.
BREWERY: Bae Hyejeong Doga, or BHD (배혜정 도가)
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Hwaseong (경기도, 화성시)
PURCHASED: Seoul, Gangdong-gu, Cheonho Station, Hyundai Department Store (서울, 강동구, 천호역, 현대백화점)
AVAILABILITY: Before coming across this in Hyundai Department Store, I’d only seen it at Shinsegae Department Store and a few joomaks, like Majoong. There’s not much info on BHD’s website regarding this bottle’s introduction so it’s possible Horangi is relatively new.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%
INGREDIENTS: Korean rice (15.23%), purified water, yeast (곡), leavened yeast, lactate, erythritol (7.7%)
VOLUME: 750 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (60-day shelf life)