Thirsty Thursdays: North Korean Blueberry Wine

North Korean alcohol - Blueberry Wine

Thirsty Thursdays – North Korean Blueberry Wine!

Officially at least, I made it across the border into North Korea a year ago, the same week that Kim Jong Il died. We did the DMZ tour, crossing the border from North to South in a sky blue hut in Panmunjom. Just before that however, we were able to visit two shops inside the DMZ, both of which sold authentic North Korean products. A few snacks and some alcohol. The first thing I really wanted was a North Korean beer. But alas, they didn’t have any.

North Korean food and drink

Authentic North Korean products – all readily available to buy in the DMZ

So an amazing alternative caught my eye – Blueberry Wine! Authentically made in North Korea. It just had to be tried.

North Korean food in the DMZ

If you’re feeling peckish you can buy North Korean food in the DMZ

That night after the DMZ tour we had been invited to a house party in the Sincheon area of Seoul, so I opted for a bottle of the Blueberry Wine to take to the party and sample with everyone. If I was rich, I’d have bought a load of the North Korean alcohol just to try.

North Korean blueberry wine

On the bus back to Seoul eager to burst open my North Korean blueberry wine

So fast forward a few hours to the house party. I was very eager to open my wine. I am like a kid in these instances – when I get something new to try. So what you really want to know is – what was it like?

North Korean Won

Don’t forget your North Korean Won when buying your Blueberry Wine!

It was absolutely gorgeous!! I couldn’t believe it – we shared it round our group and I loved the stuff, as did most of the others. In fact I don’t think anyone had a bad word to say about it. And with that came the only regret that I didn’t buy some more.

North Korean Blueberry wine at a house party

Spreading and sharing the love of the North Korean Blueberry Wine!

So there you have it – today’s Thirsty Thursday on Don’t Stop Living is about North Korean alcohol – North Korean wine to be exact – or even better North Korean blueberry wine.

North Korean blueberry wine at house party

Devouring my North Korean blueberry wine!

Whether it’s authentic or not isn’t really the point here – I enjoyed it and when I visit North Korea properly I will be on the lookout for more!

*** UPDATE just back from North Korea properly this time and can confirm it was authentic Blueberry Wine and it tastes awesome!

Here’s a video i took at the house party trying the amazing North Korean Blueberry Wine:

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