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.
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.
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.
The 53% ABV added a prickliness on the rear – which didn’t detract from those bold flavours dancing away on the long finish.
I’m pleased my spirit of adventure has taken me on this journey of discovery.
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.
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.
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.