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.