Makgeolli #50 – Buan Champpong Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 부안 참뽕 막걸리

REVIEW: Dong Jin Brewery’s Buan Champpong is much like its counterpart Carbonated Rice Makgeolli: it doesn’t use aspartame (which I’m grateful for) but it has been over-loaded with stevia and sucralose. Buan Champpong is also flavored with Korean mulberry, or odi (오디). But my guess is this adds more to the sugar-content than the actual flavor profile.

It’s a shame because the pleasant carbonation and creamy body create an interesting mouthfeel. Also, the mulberry flavor makes for a unique infusion that would probably be even better if it weren’t drowned in the sugar. Basically, my same comments about Carbonated Rice Makgeolli apply to Buan Champpong. Get on it, Dong Jin!

Carbonation: Medium.

Body: Medium-light and creamy. Also, it’s purple! Thanks mulberry fruit!

Smell: Musty, yogurty, and a slight smell of something fruity, like blueberries or grapes.

SCORE: 3/7

BREWERY: Dong Jin (동진합동주조장)

WEBSITE: www.dongjinwine.co.kr

ORIGIN: Jeollabuk-do, Buin-gun (전라북도, 부인군)

PURCHASED: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Samseong Station, COEX, Food Week Korea, Makgeolli Expo (서울, 강남구, 삼성역)

AVAILABILITY: The canned version doesn’t seem to be available in stores or on Dong Jin’s website. However, you can get the bottled version in some E-mart locations.

ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%

INGREDIENTS: Korean rice (98.4%), stevioside (.002%), sucralose (.001%), Korean mulberry fruit (1.6%)

VOLUME: 350 ml

PASTEURIZED: Yes

Buan Champpong Makgeolli

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