Wuliangye baijiu

Wuliangye Wu Liang Chun Jiu

Wuliangye Yibin is one of the largest baijiu producers in China; they’re a huge brand with a staggering market cap of something like $68 billion USD (currently!). Their eponymous mix always uses five grains (wu = five, liang = grain). Reportedly they’ve perfected their blend at: 36% sorghum 22% rice 18% glutinous rice 16% wheat […]

baijiu-glasses

What kind of glasses do you use for baijiu?

Wondering how to serve baijiu? If you want to know how you’re supposed to serve this unique spirit, you’re not alone. Baijiu is traditionally served in tiny shot glasses, shaped like small wine glasses. They run about 1/3 of an ounce, (or 11mL), so each pour is around a quarter of a traditional shot. You […]

Ganbei Baijiu

Ganbei Baijiu

Ganbei Baijiu is a startup baijiu brand here in the US – like the other new entrants they are distilling in China but bottling a western-friendly blend with marketing that appeals locally. It’s distilled in Bayan Nur in Inner Mongolia, and proofed down to an approachable 42%. (Or, at least, approachable for baijiu!) Ganbei is […]

Snowbridge No. 6: Sauce

Snowbridge No. 4. Sauce Aroma (Blue)

Snowbridge has two new releases available: we’re reviewing them both! Snowbridge selects and imports baijiu from small producers in China, and bottles them under the Snowbridge name. Their next available offering is this, ‘No. 4 Sauce Aroma’, produced by Golden Valley Distillery in Luzhou, Sichuan. That’s the same source as their layered aroma, which we […]

Snowbridge No. 1

Snowbridge No. 1: Light Aroma (Green)

Snowbridge has two new editions available: we’re reviewing them both! Snowbridge selects and imports baijiu from small producers in China, and bottles them under the Snowbridge name. Their next available offering is this, ‘No. 6 Light Aroma’, produced by Donkey Creek Distillery in Jiangjin, Chongqing. The light aroma category as a whole has a lot […]

Ming River Baijiu

Ming River

Ming River is a new brand – but if you are tangentially aware of baijiu you’ve seen it everywhere in the US. Their team has done a great job with PR and education. They’re hustling it into great bars around the country, and they’re apparently behind most of the ‘Is Baijiu the Next Big Thing’ […]

World Baijiu Day 2019 – Tasting Event

Hey! We’re participating in World Baijiu Day – 8/9 – this year, and hosting a private tasting event. We’ll start with a cocktail, walk through the basics of baijiu, and sample something from each of the four categories. Contact us for location details if you’d like to join us in the Kansas City area!

Snowbridge Layered Baijiu

Snowbridge – Layered Aroma

Snowbridge is a new baijiu brand ramping up here in the US. (Exciting!) They select and import baijiu from small producers in China, and bottled under the Snowbridge name. Their first available offering is this, ‘No. 5 Layered Aroma’, produced by Golden Valley Distillery in Luzhou, Sichuan. Layered Aroma – 兼香 we learn – is […]

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong is one of the BIG baijiu brands in China – recent reports say it’s the tenth most valuable spirit brand globally, worth about 2.3 BILLION dollars. We’ve also reviewed this paper-wrapped bottle as well. This is a medium-shelf variety,  It’s got a higher-than-normal percent of wheat in its grain mix, and it […]

Golden Bell Kaoliang baijiu kao liang chiew

Golden Bell Kao Liang Chiew

Golden Bell is a Kaoliiang – a light aroma baijiu that mostly comes from Taiwan. You can find it pretty widely distributed here in the US, though, and this one in particular is made in Tianjin. The bottle is notable because it’s got an older, traditional jar shape, including a wonky plastic cap that pressure-fits […]