KOREAN NAME: 미인 탁주
REVIEW: There’s something about the simplicity and elegance of Miin’s label that grabs my attention every time I see it. It reminds me of one of those illegible chops that you see on Korean documents. But instead of being chunky-square lines, Miin has intersecting webs of swoops and swirls to form its hanja, or Chinese characters.
And another thing about Miin: they are long overdue for a review. The first thing I noticed with the Miin Takju is the brew smells so fruity and light that I was expecting a sweet takju, something akin to a recently brewed bottle of Neurin Maeul. But the scent makes you expect one thing and the taste delivers quite another. The initial flavor is not sweet but not dry either. The watery mouthfeel compounds that nebulous in-between quality. And then, out of nowhere, the brew takes a bitter turn at the very end but not in a strong or bad way. In fact, it provides some much needed character for an otherwise milquetoast brew.
Check out Miin Takju if you’re a completist but it may not be worth the effort of hunting it down.
Appearance: Grayish white. A ton of sediment.
Scent: Sweet, fruity scent – like green apples or banana – with low alcohol.
BREWERY: Miin Brewery (미인) / Choi HaengSook Traditional Brewery (최행숙전통주가)
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Paju (경기도, 파주)
PURCHASED: By phone 010.8956.5101
AVAILABILITY: Orders have to be made over the phone. In Korean…
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 10%
INGREDIENTS: 44% glutinous rice, 4% Miin wheat nuruk, 52% purified water
VOLUME: 500 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life 60 days)