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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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Will baijiu kill you?

Question: “Will baijiu kill you?” Let me start by saying I know that this question drives most of my web traffic. By starting this blog I became a de facto guinea pig for everyone who’s wanted to journey into the … Continue reading

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An open letter to Kweichow Moutai

Dear Sirs and Madams, I would like to begin this letter by stating my gratitude for your kind hospitality upon the occasion of my visit to Maotai on the 28th and 29th of March, 2012. The accommodations at the Mao … Continue reading

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Gambling with Maotai

In the most places, you fake it ’til you make it. In China, you make it and then someone else fakes it. This has created all sorts of problems for aspirational baijiu drinkers like myself. Take the case of Maotai, … Continue reading

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‘What goes down…’ or the Luzhou ‘Maotai’ tasting

On Friday, December 9, 2011, four brave souls convened at a restaurant in Chengdu for the first of what will become regular baijiu tastings. The idea was to drink baijiu the way it was intended: with a good meal. It’s … Continue reading

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