Tag Archives: Wuliangye

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 basics: strong aroma

Full disclosure: I live in Sichuan and think its strong-aroma baijiu is the best spirit China produces. But the Chinese seem to have my back on this one. Somewhere between about twenty-five and seventy percent[1] of the baijiu on the … 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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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: 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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