KOREAN NAME: 미인주
REVIEW: Miinju is the cheongju—or yakju, if you prefer—from Miin Takju. But that is really where the connection stops as Miinju is far above its takju counterpart. In many ways, it checks all the boxes for a smooth drinking cheongju. It’s boozy but not intense; flavorful but not weird or overbearing; and a pleasant balance of sweet and bitter.
Despite the glowing comments, I can’t give it a highly recommended rating. I can’t quite put my finger on why but I feel that Miinju lacks the complexity of a truly great cheongju. Regardless, it’s a brew that everyone should check out if possible as it squarely falls in the category of a brew you could drink all night and be satisfied.
Appearance: Very pale yellow.
Scent: Wheaty and pleasantly boozy.
Body: A nice middle ground between thin and syrupy.
BREWERY: Miin Brewery (미인) / Choi HaengSook Traditional Brewery (최행숙전통주가)
ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Paju (경기도, 파주)
PURCHASED: By phone 010.8956.5101/031.958.1297
AVAILABILITY: It may be at joomaks here and there but your best bet is to call in an order.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15%
INGREDIENTS: 44% Paju glutinous rice, 4% Miin wheat nuruk, 52% purified water
VOLUME: 500 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life 90 days)