Tag Archives: Tianchengxiang

Not your father’s baijiu

The baijiu industry is filled with brands trying to out-heritage the competition. Go to the baijiu section of any Chinese supermarket and you’re going to see a lot of red and gold, some sweeping calligraphy, a phoenix here and a … Continue reading

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Blood in the baijiu

I was recently asked if I thought China had reached peak ganbei: the point at which China’s baijiu binging reaches its natural climax and recedes into boring restraint. Based solely on my recent experiences traveling around the country, I had … 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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Getting started: strong aroma

Last week I outlined the aspirant baijiu drinkers’ dilemma: too many choices, not enough information. Now I propose solutions in the form a comprehensive list of my personal favorite baijiu for various budgets and at various price ranges. I’ll be … Continue reading

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The final countdown

All good things must come to an end. For my sake it’s fortunate that this rule also extends to prolonged grain-alcohol stunt drinking. On May 15, 2012 – a date which will live in relative obscurity – I finished the … Continue reading

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