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 […]

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Heng Shui Laobaigan

This baijiu – I don’t really know which aroma category this belongs to, but it seems like a light aroma – is the bottom-shelf version of a well-known brand. The higher-end products win big spirit awards, so they’re probably better. It’s made in Hebei province in the north of China, and uses wheat qu. This […]

Vinn Family Reserve

Vinn Family Reserve is (correct us if we’re wrong here, Vinn!) the same baijiu as Vinn, but proofed down to a higher octane and aged for three years. It’s also delicious! The nutty brown rice flavor comes through just as clearly. It’s surprising how a version at a higher-alcohol mix can still deliver the same […]

Jiangxiaobai Joyouth

JOYOUTH from Xianglaobai is a light-aroma baijiu, and one of the most prominent that’s targeting younger drinkers. The founder Tao Shiquan is on a mission to get baijiu into the hands – and glasses, and cocktails – of China’s millennial. Their baijiu is in very non-traditional bottle designs, and they do a lot of event […]

Vinn Baijiu

Vinn is – so far* – the only all-American Baijiu on the market. Made by the Ly family outside Portland OR, it’s reportedly a family recipe that goes back seven generations. The Ly family are of Chinese descent, but lived in Vietnam for generations, and have been in the US for forty years. Seven generations […]

Where are the Rice Aroma baijius?

You may notice that we talk about the big four categories of Baijiu: Light Aroma, Rice Aroma, Sauce Aroma, and Strong Aroma. But where are all the Rice Aroma baijius? At the time of writing, we don’t have any reviewed on the site yet, and here’s why: Rice Aroma baijiu is really hard to find […]

Luzhou Laojiao Te Chu Chiew

Te Chu Chiew (‘特曲’) is another delicious offering from Luzhou Laojiao, available in the US market. The marketing copy for this product always mentions its designation as ‘one of the four famous strong aroma liquors,’ which I don’t know exactly how to interpret. But this is a great example of the strong aroma baijiu category. […]

Lian Zhou Gong Jiu “Dade”

Lian Zhou Gong Jiu has been in business since 1944 in Hebei, and they are just starting to export to the west.  In fact, the exporter kindly sent us a sample to review, but they didn’t yet have final bottle design samples – thus the mockup versions shown here.  The ‘Dade’ product (can this be […]

Luzhou Laojiao Bainian

The Luzhou Laojiao Bainian is so named: bai nian = 百年 = century or 100 years. Hold your horses, though – this isn’t a product that’s been aged for one hundred years. But it has been procesed through a pit at Luzhou that’s been in operation for 100 years, so there’s a nice buildup of […]

Xifeng Jiu

Peppery! Actually quite delicious despite the low end bottling. Horsey smell but no detectable barnyard taste. Warm but not fiery. There’s a sharp, greenish flavor here – this is pretty delightful. Interestingly, this is neither Strong nor Light aroma, but ‘Phoenix Aroma’ – one of the smaller subcategories. The baijiu is fermented in mud pits, […]