Monthly Archives: June 2012

Burning man

Last weekend I was doing a little bit of light 19th century French Lazarist reading when I stumbled upon this alarming passage on baijiu: “One can hardly imagine what pleasure the Chinese find in imbibing these burning drinks, which are … Continue reading

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The East is drunk

In case you missed it, I would like to point everyone’s attention to a fantastic article published in The Awl last week: “The East is Drunk: Hammered and Sickled in China” by Abram Dylan. The piece focuses on the social … Continue reading

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Q&A: Sipping baijiu?

Our first reader question comes from Andrew in Shanghai, who asks: “Is there a baijiu that lends itself to keeping like a single malt—having a dram once in while and not finishing the bottle in one sitting? I was thinking … Continue reading

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300 shots recommends

A condensed list of recommendations for your your baijiu enjoyment. Click the links for full reviews by category. Enjoy! Strong aroma: Guojiao 1573 国窖1573 by Luzhou Laojiao 泸州老窖 (RMB1,300/US$205), Shuijingfang 水井坊 (RMB900/US$140), Jiannanchun 剑南春 (RMB400/US$63), Purfeel 21 (RMB200/US$31), Luzhou Laojiao 泸州老窖 (cheap), Quanxing 全兴 (very cheap) Light aroma: Laobai … Continue reading

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Getting started: mixed aroma

Mixed aroma is classified by most in the industry as one of the five major baijiu categories. But since it’s just made by mixing two or more of the other categories, isn’t it time to admit that there are only … Continue reading

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