Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice Baijiu Cocktail

Coconut Cinnamon Spice Ooooo That’s Nice Baijiu Cocktail

Another cocktail innovation from the Lost Plate baijiu cocktail kit*, with a very descriptive name: ‘Coconut Cinnamon Spice Ooooo That’s Nice.’ Our favorite tasting note was discovering a bit of longan here! This is a really on the other side of sweet: the cinnamon and anise go terrifically with the coconut juice, but it’s a […]

The Lost Plate Cocktail

An easy-drinking cocktail from the Lost Plate baijiu cocktail kit*, the ‘Lost Plate’ This is actually a very mild drink, and while it goes down easy you start to lose the baijiu profile a bit. Our tasting panel said: “This much soda water really neutralizes the baijiu” “It’s really mild, the lime flavor combats with […]

Slice of Baijiu Paradise Cocktail

Slice of Baijiu Paradise Cocktail

Here’s a delicious cocktail from the Lost Plate baijiu cocktail kit*, the ‘Slice of Baijiu Paradise.’ This is a tropical crowd pleaser: sweet, fruity, but not syrupy. It uses Ming River as a base, but adding coconut, pineapple juice, and a dealer’s-choice splash of secondary spirit. Our tasting panel said: “This has a pleasant citrus […]

Moutai Bu Lao Jiu

Moutai Bu Lao Jiu

It takes a special kind of guts to name your product ‘Eternal Youth’, but this Moutai edition gives it a good try. This is a blend of the classic Moutai profile – a sauce aroma that’s famous everywhere – with traditional Chinese herbs and fruits. There’s a very natural match of longan fruit (which is […]

Niu Lan Shan Chen Niang Baijiu

Niu Lan Shan Chen Niang Baijiu

A strong-aroma baijiu in a low-rent bottle (and for a low-rent price), this baijiu really punches above its weight. It’s got a clean, clear profile, with 50% sorghum and 50% wheat. Our panel found it to be very ‘tangy’, with notes of fermented mango and a fresh-grass finish. It’s great! It’s a mild approach to […]

Firewater Baijiu

Firewater Baijiu

Firewater is a bit of a mysterious entry here: it’s found in the Phoenix market, but hasn’t made much information available. It’s repped by the Sazerac brand, which is the second-largest conglomerate in the US. It’s clearly marketed to be a Western-friendly intro to baijiu; it’s got some of the hallmarks of baijiu, but otherwise […]

Luzhou Laojiao Tou Chu Chiew

Luzhou Laojiao Tou Chu Chiew

A solid entry in the Luzhou Laojiao lineup; it’s got all the hallmarks of the illustrious LL brand but has a strong horsiness factor. It doesn’t deviate from the Luzhou profile much. If you like Luzhou Laojiao, you’ll like Luzhou Laojiao!

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 […]