KOREAN NAME: 두루 석탄주
REVIEW: As I mentioned in my review for Duru Samseon Takju, the one and only time I have encountered Duru Brewery was at the 15th Seoul International Wines & Spirits Expo earlier this year. It’s a shame because Duru has something special and I’m guessing most people have never heard of them. It makes me wonder how these small breweries make ends meet. After all, the good people of Hongcheon can’t be drinking that much craft sool… Right?!
One of the things I noticed about Duru Samseon Takju is that it is quite sweet, which may or may not pose some limits on how much of it you can drink in one sitting. Duru Seoktanju provides a nice counterpoint here: it’s got a sweetness, especially in that initial sip. And then little by little a bitter note takes over, not in an overwhelming way, but just something present enough to make for a unique wrinkle. Of course, if you’re more of the Soolawon-type sool-drinker, Duru Seoktanju may not be for you. (I also need to mention that my bottle may have gone a bit more bitter as I cracked it two months after the best-by date.)
A quick side note: Seoktanju is a recipe that has become an industry darling for both takju and cheongju. If you’re curious, follow the link to read about my seoktanju-brewing experience.
Appearance: Pale yellow.
Scent: Faint vanilla and apples.
Body: Light and watery.
BREWERY: Duru Brewery (두루주식회사)
ORIGIN: Gangwon-do, Hongcheon-gu, Naechon-myeon (강원도, 홍천군, 내촌면)
AVAILABILITY: Place orders at 070.4156.9090 or order online. You will have to create a login ID first, however. Also, the takju is sold as a set with the Duru Samseon Takju. The set is ₩40,000.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15%
INGREDIENTS: Gangwon-do Hongcheon rice (47%), nuruk (3%), purified water
VOLUME: 375 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life 90 days)