Tag Archives: Yuan Dynasty

‘A peculiar oriental odor’

The love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship between baijiu and the outside world has been well documented. I’m doing my damnedest to win over a few new recruits to team baijiu, but I recognize that this is an uphill battle against … Continue reading

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Miracle in Dongbei?

Last week Xinhua published a story whose headline announced, “Nation’s oldest brewery unearthed in northeast China.” The nation’s oldest brewery – Harbin – is indeed in Dongbei, but upon closer inspection this story was about the oldest distillery. The story … Continue reading

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The birth of baijiu, part III: The national drink?

This is the final installment in a three-part series exploring the question: “When did the Chinese first start drinking baijiu?” In part one we learned that the Chinese first had the technology to distill alcohol during the Han Dynasty (25-200AD). In … Continue reading

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The birth of baijiu, part II: What’s in a name?

This is the second in a three-part series exploring the question “When did the Chinese start drinking baijiu?” In the first installment we established that the earliest period in which the Chinese had the technology required to distill alcohol was during … Continue reading

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