Last year, Jo purchased a bottle of Omaerak (오매락) while out on a trip with some friends. She thought it was a fancy bottle of makgeolli (막걸리), since she bought it a makgeolli brewery. I never looked into to it, since that made sense. We were both wrong. Omaerak is a traditional Korean brandy.
According to the box, it won a design award in 2002, and it’s easy to see why. The bottle is encased in a clay jar that you have to bust open. Pictured above, you get the “pug” and mallet, as well as a sheet of paper to catch any flying debris. the bottle is wrapped in a cloth to contain the chips of clay as you break it.
I was a little nervous cracking things open, but I have to say, the packing was superb. The Omaerak also tasted great. I had a heft glass as we retired and watched a few television shows.
What do you think?
What did you have Friday night?