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Two years of greatness

Another year, another anniversary post. Two years ago in Chengdu I started this blog to see if I could figure out a way to enjoy China’s reviled (among foreigners) national spirit. As it turned out, gaining an appreciation for baijiu … Continue reading

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Plasticize it (and criticize it)

Earlier this year, I asked the question “Will baijiu kill you?” Looking at the issues of product safety, toxicity and consumption patterns, I reached the counterintuitive conclusion that baijiu was not bad for you; at least no worse than any … Continue reading

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How high? Moutai and price gouging

“If you absolutely must drink Moutai, make sure you’re drinking the right product.” I gave that piece of advice just months ago, but that before the baijiu giant announced yet another price hike. According to a statement, they plan to … 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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