Ttongsul, or “feces wine”, is a traditional Korean beverage made from soaking human feces and medicinal herbs in soju alcohol for three to four months until it ferments.
Regular readers of our site may know that we managed to acquire two bottles of ttongsul earlier this year. This may have been a bit too much. While ttongsul doesn’t necessarily taste bad, it’s still poo and you don’t really feel inclined to knock it back like your nightly glass of scotch.
So here we are with several liters of feces wine that no one in the office wants to drink, the problem being that everyone knows what the stuff is made from. What does RocketNews24 do? Find five cute Japanese girls who have never heard of ttongsul, have them drink it for us, and then tell them there’s human feces in it after, or course!
The participants in our little blind taste test were Mami Hojo, Haruka Kato, Asami Oda, Kaori Yui, and Momoko Kato, models by day and members of Japan’s premier all-girl air band, Doppelganger, by night.
We told these charming young ladies that they would be trying a new Korean herbal wine with strong medicinal properties and we wanted their opinion to share on our site. Let’s hear what they had to say:
Oh, wow! When I heard this was medicinal herb wine I thought it would taste strong, but I was completely off the mark. This is really good, and easy to drink. I think this could be a hit with girls.
Hm, how do I describe it… I like how it makes you feel warm. Even though I just started drinking it, my body is already nice and warm♪ It’s like the warmth rushes through you. Yeah, I could really get used to this stuff!
It’s much easier to drink than I though; I keep finding myself sipping away at it! This could be a good recommendation for girls who don’t like shochu (Japanese distilled wine similar to soju, known for its high alcohol content). I think I’ll order this the next time I’m out drinking! The price? I’d probably order another glass if it were about 800 yen!
It tastes like those old Japanese candies they used to sell at supermarkets! This is delicious! What’s this sweetness, I wonder… It’s like Yomeishu (a traditional Japanese herbal liqueur), but with a different kind of sweetness. This would be great for girls who like sweet alcoholic beverages. I’d drink this again!
Yum! I don’t like shochu but I can drink this! That’s impressive, you know! It has a refined and elegant taste similar to that of wine. The color is also pleasant, similar to that charming translucency of rosé. This is sure to be popular with young women!
How our reporter managed to sit there and listen to a group of beautiful Japanese women in their early twenties liken liqueur sweetened with human feces to a fine wine without bursting into laughter is beyond us. However, the consensus is in: Japanese women love ttsongsul.
Unable to let this charade go on any longer, our reporter divulged the secret ingredient to the unsuspecting girls:
RN24 Reporter: Actually, this is made from human poop.
Momoko: Eh? Wh…what? P-poop? Like, poop?
RN24: Korean poop, to be specific.
Oda: Wait. Human poop?
RN24: That’s correct. It also has cat bones in it. It’s made by fermenting those ingredients for about 2 months.
RN24: But it’s good, right?
Girls: IT TASTES LIKE S**T!!!
▼ The girls of Doppelganger get ready for their drinking party
▼ Mami Hojo
▼ “It has a nice herbal smell. Very mellow.”
▼ Haruka Kato
▼ “I think this might be good for your eyes!” (It’s not)
▼ Amami Ota
▼ Kaori Yui
▼ Momoko Kato
▼ “This stuff is really good!” “Yeah, I’m surprised out how easy it goes down!”
▼ RN24: “By the way, it’s made from feces” Momoko: “What now?”
[ Read in Japanese ]