KOREAN NAME: 이백주 (이화에 월백 하고 주)
REVIEW: There are a few oddities surrounding Eebaekju and they have nothing to do with the flavor:
- No expiration date is printed anywhere on the bottle, despite the fact that the label clearly states it has a shelf-life of 30 days.
- The only ingredient listed is hepssal, or new rice. But, rice alone does not booze make.
- The most glaring omission of all is the fact that the name of the brewery is not listed.
Who made Eebaekju? Where did it come from? What goes into it? Had my bottle already gone off ? As they don’t have an online presence, these are questions I may never have answers to. However, I can tell you a bit about the name and, more importantly, the taste.
Eebaekju is short for Eehwae Weolbaekhago, or Pear Blossom Under Bright Moonlight, the title of a Goryeo-Dynasty era poem by Lee JoNyeon (이조년). And while the name is lofty, this makgeolli does not quite reach the same heights.
The cheongju is sweeter than you would guess from the scent and has a bite. That being said, it was too thin and simple too enjoy on its own. Mixing in the takju added body and made for a slightly more interesting on the mouthfeel. Plus, the takju rounds out a flavor that would be too astringent over the long run. Still, it’s not enough to save this from being an underwhelming effort, and for ₩12,000 it’s definitely not worth it. Save the money and just get Neurin Maeul.
Body: Pale yellow cheongju, but a clear ivory mix with the takju. Very light in weight.
Smell: Cheongju smells of green apples and a slight ethanol note.
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Namyangju (경기도, 남양주)
PURCHASED: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Hyehwa-dong, DooDoo (서울, 종로구, 혜화동, 두두)
The price was approximately ₩12,000.
AVAILABILITY: As of the moment, I have only seen this at DooDoo.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 16%
INGREDIENTS: new rice (rice from the first crop of the year)
VOLUME: 700 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (30-day shelf-life)