Category Archives: Q&A

Q&A: Pig in a bottle, continued

In response to my recent post about Cantonese pig spirits, I received an wonderful comment and question from reader Samuel Curtis, who writes: Yubingshao…it’s the quintessential Cantonese baijiu and the name is a pun in Cantonese. 玉 and 肉 are … Continue reading

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All the baijiu in China

How much baijiu does China consume? According to many industry professionals, China drinks enough baijiu each year to fill Hangzhou’s West Lake. I’ve been told this on more than one occasion, and seen it repeated in the media (a version … Continue reading

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‘A peculiar oriental odor’

The love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship between baijiu and the outside world has been well documented. I’m doing my damnedest to win over a few new recruits to team baijiu, but I recognize that this is an uphill battle against … Continue reading

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Q&A: Bao’an blues

It’s Q&A time again. This question, from Roger in Shanghai, calls for a stiff drink with a splash of melodrama: Let’s say, theoretically, that I had RMB 117 and your average convenience stores nearby (Lawsons, Kedi, Family Mart, etc.). Let’s … 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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