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Ming River Sichuan Baijiu, 45%

Lacking proper glasses I was reduced to sampling out of a ceramic cup!

Didn’t deter the wonderful taste experience!

Baijiu – a clear colourless Chinese spirit mainly made with sorghum grain & possessing a centuries old distilling tradition.

Ming River is a collaboration with Luzhou Laojiao – 3rd most valuable spirit brand in the world 2022 – & renowned author Derek Sandhaus to try & bring Baijiu’s charms to a western audience.

As such it’s presented at a lower strength of 45% as opposed the the usual 52% or over of other baijiu I’ve tried.

If anything this allows those distinctive umami style flavours to shine even more as I often find high ABV spirits can sometimes numb the tastebuds.

Ming River certainly opens with a flourish of meaty BBQ notes.

On the palate it’s quite mild & mellow – allowing those gorgeous notes to fully coat the mouth.

I love the drying, slightly tingling, salty BBQ style of flavours going on in the finish.

Ming River displays all the classic attributes of Baijiu without the high strength explosion associated with stronger offerings.

Derek Sandhaus & Luzhou Laojiao have created a worthy addition to the baijiu cannon.

If you haven’t tried baijiu yet – get your hands on Ming River!

Sláinte

The Spirits Business article on the World’s Biggest Brands here.

My blog on Derek Sandhaus’ book here.

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.

Luzhou &Moutai c/othewhiskeynut

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.

Baijiu in the Tuath c/othewhiskeynut

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!