Red Star Erguotou

Red Star is the world’s go-to low-end baijiu, and it’s an acquired taste if ever there was one. It’s the Budweiser of baijiu – cheap, everywhere, but incredibly reliable its quality. It’s a known quantity, and you’ll see it all over the world. In the US  where we focus, you’ll still see it pretty much anywhere that carries baijiu. The flavor is strong (although it is in the ‘light aroma’ category, and it’s pretty astringent.

It’s not too sweet, and there’s a chemical clovey-ness to it as well. It’s raw on the throat, and the synthetic alcohol tang tells you right away: this is poison. But drink a few, and you’ll realize: it’s poison with a consistent, surprisingly delicious character. That makes it sound bad, but I think it’s like a lot of global alcohol brands: not great, but reliable.

Fun fact: Red Star was issued the very first business license ever by the PRC. That’s how important baijiu is.

Buy it: You can find Red Star in pretty much any place that stocks an assortment of baijiu. Really, it will be the most common baijiu you’ll find.

Tried it? Leave your rating and review below!

Red Star Erguotou

5.6

Rating

5.6/10

Comments

    natethegreat

    (September 14, 2018 - 11:00 pm)

    Rating

    5.10

    Nose: summer camp concession stand stocked with airheads
    palate: standing in a canyon with 60mph winds
    finish: clearing out a 747 tank
    overall: WTF am I drinking?

    markgetsetgo

    (September 15, 2018 - 3:35 am)

    Rating

    6.50

    Nose: alcohol, sugary sweet. 5.
    Palate: apple, sweet, molasses. 7.
    Finish: bright, long finish. 7.
    Overall: solid and exciting, but easy to enjoy. I went back to this one! 6.5

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