The Sool Gallery is a traditional Korean liquor exhibition and tasting room. It’s located on a side street in Insadong in the basement of a building. It’s geared towards educating foreigners about the different types of traditional Korean wines and liquors.
We had signed up for a free tasting of seven different types of alcohol. Some of the selections change from month to month, and the regular tastings are done with five types of alcohol. If you follow The Sool Gallery on Facebook, you should get notices of when the special tastings are taking place. The tastings are all free, and there’s no pressure to buy because it’s a state-sponsored business whose main purpose is education.
These are six of the seven liquors we tried. I can’t remember them all, and some of them were ridiculously strong, but the first one was a citrus makgeolli (rice wine), which was quite light and refreshing. The next one was a banana makgeolli, which I didn’t expect to like since I’m not a huge fan of bananas, but it was actually my favorite drink of the entire lineup. Third was a straight-up makgeolli which was not to my taste. Then came one I can’t remember – it was strong, though. Then a raspberry wine which was quite good. The last two were both soju, I think. They served the very last one with ice cream, which was kind of a strange combination!
It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and it was definitely interesting learning about the process of making alcohol here in Korea. There was a broad range of nationalities at the tasting – an Irish couple, an Australian couple, a girl from Columbia, another from South Africa, and a few others I can’t recall.
The address is: B1, 8, Insadong 11-gil, Jongno-gu.