Sool #55 – Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju


Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju

KOREAN NAME: 세종대왕 어주 약주

REVIEW: After lots of disappointment with the brews on offer at COEX’s Food Week Korea 2015, I was pleasantly surprised to run into “traditional liquor teacher” Jang Jung-su, the owner and master brewer behind Jangheui Doga. Jang explained that Jangheui has two main brews, a Yakju and Takju (read: makgeolli) both under the name Sejong Dewang Eoju (SDE).

I picked up a bottle of Yakju, and then forgot it in my fridge for the next four months. Which means, the brew I finally tasted for this review was about two weeks over its 90-day shelf-life. Fortunately, I don’t think it mattered one jot as SDE Yakju was delicious! The first sip feels a bit acidic but the more I drank, the more that first sip became a sweet wash of booze—alcohol, is that you?—while undercut by a hint of that apple-cider vinegar-like acidity. The finish is oaky and robust for a moment (it is 15% ABV) but then it all just melts away.

It’s a shame that SDE Yakju is not more readily available; I think it would make a strong addition to any yakju/cheongju bar.

Carbonation: None.

Body: Translucent yellow coloring with a light, sour-sweet body.

Smell: Apple cider vinegar, grape, acidic.

SCORE: 6/7

BREWERY: Jangheui Doga (장희 도가)


ORIGIN: Chungcheong-do, Cheongwon-gun (충청북도, 청원군)

PURCHASED: Seoul, COEX, Food Week Korea 2015, Makgeolli Expo (서울)

Retail is around ₩13,000.

AVAILABILITY: Sejong Dewang Eoju Yakju and Takju (see Note section) can be ordered here.


INGREDIENTS: organic Korean rice, nuruk, purified water

VOLUME: 500 ml

PASTEURIZED: Yes (90-day shelf-life)

NOTEJangheui’s Takju comes in a 500 ml bottle and is 13% ABV.

Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju

Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju


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