Bohae Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine (Seoul, Korea)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine – Bohae Brewery, 15% ABV – 375ml., (Seoul, Korea)

on the back label:

“History of Bokbunjajoo: Bokbunja, or wild black raspberry native to Korea is often described in a oriental legend as a mysterious fruits containing the spirits of the wild. This is a legendary fruit wine down the Earth allowing the secret scent of ancient time in oriental society. Full-bodied and semi-sweet, ideal served with grilled red or white meats and marinated BBQ.”

Ingredients: water, Korean raspberry wine, grain spirits, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid.

  • Style: (Fortified) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Sweet alcoholic raspberry-black currant wine
  • How much: $11.50 – 375ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes, it’s inexpensive

Visual: Pours deep dark magenta, oily luminescence, slow sticky legs.

Nose: Blue gatorade (artificial blue raspberry, not a bad aroma) + hints of alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)

Attack: dense dark raspberry fruit

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, intense tangy, (9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) raspberry + black currant hybrid, grain alcohol sweetness

Finish: alcoholic warmth, med-high tartness, fruity alcoholic finish.

Summary: I enjoyed the depth and bite of the raspberry flavour. The grain alcohol and sugar + HFCS seem to cheapen the spirit but perhaps they were necessary to balance out the drinkability. Decent nonetheless.