Category Archives: Tastings

Jailbreaking Wuliangye

Getting authentic premium baijiu is hard enough, but now that you have obtained a legitimate bottle of Wuliangye, your troubles have only just begun. Unfortunately for consumers, China’s sophisticated pirates have driven distilleries to adopt the type of overzealous security measures … Continue reading

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Baijiu of the Month: Jiangjin

My wife and I were sitting in a Chengdu friend’s garden last week when our host, Xiao Wang, told me he wanted me to try his favorite baijiu. He stepped inside his apartment and came back with a narrow white … Continue reading

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The baijiu blitz

Our mission was simple: Try as many baijius as possible before our taste buds melted. Everyone breezed through the first twenty, a handful of us rounded the forty-bottle mark, and just a couple caught sight of the finish line. It … Continue reading

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The baijiu face

It’s been such a long time since I became an admirer of China’s sweet sorghum sauce, that I sometimes forget where I started. Before I started this blog baijiu wasn’t something that I disliked so much as reviled. It inspired … Continue reading

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Wisdom of the Ancients

New year, new baijiu. Several months ago I began corresponding with David Zhou of Potomac Falls, Virginia about a new North American baijiu he was producing called Confucius Wisdom. Not wanting to compromise myself (but obviously curious), I told him … Continue reading

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