Makgeolli, also known as Makkoli or Makuly(takju) (and referred to in English as “Korean rice wine”), is the oldest alcoholic beverage in Korea. It is made from grains such as sweet rice, regular rice, barley, wheat and malt, which gives it a milky, off-white color, and sweetness. It is made by fermenting grains and mixed with water, and is about 6–8% alcohol by volume.
This rice makgeolli from Sejong Breweries is made from premium rice from Icheon, a city in South Korea. Rice is one of the famous local products from Icheon, known for its nutrient richness and soft taste.
Health benefits: Contains Lactobacillus bacteria and dietary fiber which can aid digestion, improve immune function and slow the ageing process.
Food pairing: Tastes great on its own. It can also be paired with hot, spicy food especially when chilled.
“Icheon is famous for producing the best rice in Korea. In fact Icheon rice is so good that it used to be served to the kings of Korea in the past, and is still highly thought of today. The Icheon Rice Culture Festival celebrates its famous rice and also the local agricultural practices.
Major events of the festival include a reenactment of the parade that transported rice to Hanseong (the old name for Seoul) for presentation to the king, and the huge rice cauldron that is capable of feeding thousands of people.”