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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!

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

My blog on Derek Sandhaus’ book here.

Currach, Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 46%

Unprecedented times.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all Irish Pubs are closed for St Patrick’s Day!

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COVID-19 closures c/otwitter

That didn’t stop a gathering of Irish Whiskey Fans over on the #SundayNightSup twitter site from gathering online to partake of the world’s first seaweed charred whiskey!

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Irish Whiskey – with a flourish of seaweed! c/othewhiskeynut

Yes – you heard that right – seaweed!

Irish Atlantic Kombu Kelp is a natural resource harvested, dried & then used to char virgin oak casks at the West Cork Distillers premises. Their triple distilled single malt is then finished in these casks for three months.

The results are simply fantastic!

The nose had an intriguing earthy, almost savoury appeal.

The palate started off soft & malty smooth – very approachable – as those meaty umami flavours grew to coat the mouth in a creamy silkiness.

A drying white peppery spice added a final flourish to this fabulously engaging whiskey.

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A lovely pour! c/othewhiskeynut

Congratulations to all the team at both West Cork Distillers and Origin Spirits for putting this highly innovative Irish Whiskey together.

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Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey is available online from Celtic Whiskey Shop & IrishMalts.

The sample was kindly supplied by Origin Spirits.

All views – as always – are entirely mine.