OK, so this is not exactly breaking news, but last week I (The Street Food Guy) posted a picture of two bottles of North Korean whiskey which has been given to one of my colleagues by a North Korean friend. And holy shit the internet went wild! Google North Korean whiskey, or whisky, and there are now tonne of stories, all procured pretty much from that one tweet.
Sadly, our blog, which you can read here ranks a miserly 5th! Most of the articles pretty much just regurgitate the same crap, so let’s tell the whole story of North Korean whiskey!
We received the bottles from a North Korean friend, so that we could try whilst he was in Dandong, and posted said picture. You will notice that the bottles look a little bit like Johnny Walker. This is no mistake, and the North Koreans smartly did this as many North Koreans know Johnny Walker, and using a same colour scheme would give it brand awareness. In my mind a smart move.
Another consequence of us posting the photo was that a lot of people contacted us wanting to buy one, or more. We were, and indeed are all about that as a concept, but as it is a newly released product, they are not yet at the stage to be exporting North Korean whisky. When they do export it, we are going to be ready to export North Korean whisky!
How did the North Korean whisky taste? We ended up trying one of the two bottles, and whilst it wasn’t amazing, as a first shot at making whisky it was a decent effort.
For now we will have to wait for the next batch of Korean whisky, but fear not in its absence we shall not go thirsty, not when there’s North Korean Beer, and North Korean Soju to keep us refreshed!
Update – North Korean Whisky seems to be back, but alas again in limited supply. There’s also now a North Korean champagne, or rather Korean sparkling wine (as my French friends correct me), that we are also anxious to try.