Category Archives: Baijiu

Red Star, Erguotou Baijiu, 56%

Erguotou is the more popular mass market style of Baijiu & Red Star is one of the biggest sellers.

Using a mixture of sorghum, wheat & peas – yes, peas! – it’s classified as ‘light aroma’ – although I experienced a joyously full on umami pungency on nosing.

Delightfully meaty on the palate.

The rich flavours maintained their wholesomeness despite the 56% strength.

I’m left a bit disappointed however.

Red Star was a delight – should have bought a larger bottle!

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Luzhou Laojiao Six Years Ton Qu. 52% vs Kweichow Moutai Prince, 53%

As it’s WorldBaijiuDay I thought a couple of big hitting Baijiu were in order.

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Founded in 1573, Luzhou Laojiao has a long history. This Six Years Ton Qu is a mid price offering.

Known for it’s ‘strong aroma’ style this attractively presented bottle is not for the faint hearted.

Pungent, earthy, meaty yet softly sweet this umami packed spirit doesn’t hold back.

Powerful stuff.

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Kweichow Moutai Prince is also a mid price Baijiu – with a slightly higher 53% & demonstrating a ‘sauce aroma’ style.

The pungency was equally evident, with the meatiness dialed up a notch and less of a spirity kick.

Soya sauce, marmite, yeast extract have all been used to describe the flavour. For me, Moutai delivers a more rounded & earthy drinking experience.

I’d love to explore this category more – but it’s fierce hard to get hold of in Ireland.

Asia Market in Dublin is where I sourced my bottles – and even they are selling out!

Gan Bei!

Drunk In China, Derek Sandhaus

Everything you need to know about Baijiu – and then more – in one highly entertaining & informative publication.

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Derek takes you on a journey of discovery into Baijiu – the World’s most popular spirit.

A journey exploring the history, culture, politics, economics & most importantly for drinkers – the taste of this alluring white spirit.

A great read! & the Baijiu’s pretty cool too! c/othewhiskeynut

If you’ve never tried Baijiu – isn’t it about time?

Pour yourself a glass – preferably paired with this insightful book – & sit back to ponder the wonders of Baijiu.

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Luzhou Laojiau Six Years Ton Qu, Baijiu, 52%

Another immaculately presented bottle with a very distinctive design.

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Another strong tasting Baijiu from the Luzhou Laojiau company.

On a back to back with the clay pot Zisha Quo I couldn’t discern much of a taste difference.

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Maybe it’s just down to the fancy packaging?

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Luzhou Laojiao Zisha Daqu, Baijiu, 52%

Well the whole presentation is a bit of a performance!

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Red cloth wrapped around a clay pot!

At 52% – this baijiu is a bit of a performance too.

‘Strong Aroma’ it says on the box – & it does exactly as stated – in a very pleasing way.

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An enticing savoury, meaty umami type of thing going on.

The high ABV pack a punch – but doesn’t over power.

The EU/China trade agreement has opened the door for Irish Whiskey exports to China – as well as Baijiu imports to Ireland.

I’m certainly enjoying exploring the fruits of that deal!

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I purchased my Baijiu from Asia Market, Dublin.

Kweichow Moutai Prince, 53%, Baijiu

It’s World Baijiu Day on August 9th.

My journey to baijiu took a long road.

The first steps were probably progressing from large volume generic lager to flavoursome craft beers – then moving beyond easily available whiskey to seek out new & unusual styles & tastes.

Along the way fellow imbibers gave recommendations. Like a young couple from China suggested at an AllTech Craft Brew Fair a few years ago.

Impressed they had travelled to Dublin to explore our whiskey – they in return suggested I explore their spirit – baijiu.

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Kweichow Moutai @ Alltech 2019 c/othewhiskeynut

My chance came at a following AllTech Fair. Kweichow had a stall.

Very sleek,

Very classy,

Very professional.

I can’t say their ‘Feitian’ Moutai blew me away at the time – although certainly intriguing. The cost meanwhile at around €220 was a bit of a barrier & didn’t elicit further investigation.

For a spirit that’s the most consumed in the world – there had to be other offerings.

Asia Market in Dublin sold a handy 100ml bottle of baijiu at an affordable price – so I went for it.

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JXB S100 Baijiu c/othewhiskeynut

JXB S100 proved suitably entertaining – so I moved up to the next option – Kweichow Moutai Prince.

At €55 for 500ml – it’s not exactly cheap – but it comes with an impressive back story of heritage, culture and an astounding sales record. Oh – I’ve also paid more for whiskey.

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Moutai Prince c/othewhiskeynut

The packaging is very attractive – a garish outer box complete with a stylish ceramic bottle.

When poured the liquid is clear & colourless with thick oily legs.

It’s immediately apparent Kweichow Prince has a far more distinctively aromatic appeal. There’s a hint of sweetness & a strong savoury note going on too. Certainly in marked contrast to the whiskeys I enjoy.

The palate is pleasingly smooth with a wholesome mouthfeel. More of those vegetal savoury notes come through. I found them quite pronounced, earthy & possessing an unusual solidity to them.

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Very entertaining.

The 53% ABV added a prickliness on the rear – which didn’t detract from those bold flavours dancing away on the long finish.

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I’m pleased my spirit of adventure has taken me on this journey of discovery.

Wherever you are.

Happy World Baijiu Day!

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Jiangxiaboi S100 Chinese Baijiu, 40%

Whiskey has always been a journey of exploration for me. An exploration of tastes, styles & presentations.

Irish Whiskey travels all over the world. Some of the spirits produced in those countries consequently finds it’s way back to Ireland – like this baijiu.

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Chinese Baijiu c/othewhiskeynut

Which I choose to explore.

Baijiu is mainly a sorghum based distillate produced in China. It has a long history – possibly longer than whiskey – and is as diverse too.

For a more detailed account I’d recommend the ScienceDirect.com article by clicking on the highlighted link.

This S100 bottle is a popular seller in China – & happens to be found in Dublin via Asia Market.

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The bottle itself is very catchy – unlike anything I’ve encountered in the whiskey world. A cutesy childlike image probably doesn’t sit well with age appropriate rules – but may have assisted sales in China.

The liquid is clear & colourless – much like our indigenous poitín.

The nose isn’t too dissimilar either – but more of a sweet & sour thing going on.

Sweet from the sorghum I presume & sour as in a new make kind of way.

The palate is light & refreshing. A wonderful mouth coating effect gave way to a depth of wholesome flavours that pulled me in.

A soft prickly pepper spice added appeal.

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Yes – I’m left wanting more!

Welcome to baijiu!

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