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’ […]

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 […]

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu – Mian Rou

Du Kang is a big distiller, but this is the first of their product line we’ve tried. It’s good! It’s got a very mild nose: something like cantaloupe on the first taste, musty pepper on the main palate. It’s an extremely mild alcohol burn – not too much, and just enough to keep you aware […]

Wuliangye Jianzhuang

This is a discount offering from Wuliangye – it’s a little rough around the edges, but has a nice complicated flavor profile.  To our palate, this is less wheatey than the other Wuliangyes that we’ve tried!  It’s got a light burn, a fairly mild funkiness, and a prominent sweetness that starts out like a caramel […]

Red Star Erguotou 8 Year

Red Star Ergoutou – 8 Year

  [ed. note: this review comes in from brent1334 – thanks Brent! ] This aged light-aroma baijiu pours clear, lest anyone think its aging was done in barrels. It has a nutty aroma with sweet-potato undertones. The pallet surprisingly comes across to me as a single flavor note: a sweet but mellow nuttiness similar to […]

Langjiu HongHua Lang 10

Sichuan Gulin Langjiu is a really big distiller in China: they’re a top ten baijiu brand by market cap, and they are a big cultural presence. Famously, their baijiu is stored in the large Tianbao cave system. They’re in Sichuan Province (of course), home of the strong aroma category. But this baijiu – the HongHua […]