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 Lang 10 – is a sauce aroma, and you’ll notice it right away.
Personally, we don’t have a great appreciation for sauce aroma yet, but the quality and refinement of this seems really clear. You can tell at once: this is is the good stuff.
It’s got a lot of soy aroma in the nose – it’s really sharp and pronounced. Very smooth on the palate. It has a consistent but quite sour sauce flavor, and it stays steady to the finish. It’s striking how tangy that sauce is. It’s a very wet mouthfeel. The aftertaste is mild.
This is the ’10’ variety of this baijiu, but there also 15 and 20 versions.
This baijiu isn’t available yet in the US, but distributors are working on placements – we’ll update this post when we hear more.