This is the closest rice wine comes to grape wine. Samyangchoon carries the notes of dry Riesling while still giving the honest earthiness of rice. It starts out a little sweet but some puckering tartness keeps it from being treacly. The clean finish makes it pair well with foods. Best drunk chilled in a stemmed wine glass.
It is brewed and fermented the traditional way, in clay pots. It is also traditionally distilled, not using vaccuum distilling, which doesn’t sterilize its character.
Best of 2018
2018 Korea Liquor Awards
- Acidity 65% 65%
- Sweetness 50% 50%
- Body 70% 70%
- Earthiness 50% 50%
- Bitterness 20% 20%
|Aroma:||honey, heather, apricot|
|Flavor:||Rieslingesque, stone fruit, kiwi|
|Smoothness:||Smooth as white wine|
|Enjoy:||Chileld in a stemmed wine glass|
|Cocktails:||Yakju Spritzer, Korean Kir, Sooler Cooler|
|Bottom Line:||A rice wine that drinks like a grape white wine|