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 is pretty old for a US-based spirit recipe! But it’s not that old in the context of baijiu.

Vinn is a rice-aroma baijiu, which means it starts with a rice grain fermentation, and a rice-based qu. In this case, they’re working from California-grown brown rice, and making their own qu blend.

From a marketing perspective, It’s interesting: the product doesn’t play up any heritage with China, and doesn’t include Chinese imagery or characters anywhere in its packaging.

But how does it taste? It’s good! It’s mild, and if you’re used to the stronger or sharper baijiu categories, what you’ll primarily notice is family resemblance to sake. It’s got a lot in common there, and the rice is really up front. At first, that was our initial response: this is like a high-proof sake!

But the flavors are more interesting: there’s a primary note of mellow toasted nut / grain, and then the fermented sweetness typical of baijiu appears.  This reminded us of mulberry and – maybe? – guava. It’s surprisingly mild for something at 80 proof.

Find it: Vinn distributes mostly around Portland: you can find locations on their site here.

Try it: Have you gotten a taste? Leave your review below!

* So far because we predict more craft spirit producers will be trying baijiu production. IT’S HAPPENING.

Vinn Baijiu




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    Vinn Family Reserve | Baijiu Review

    (December 6, 2018 - 11:51 pm)

    […] 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 […]


    (February 11, 2020 - 10:21 pm)



    Nose: vodka, grain, lemon
    palate: wheaty
    finish: hot but clean, slightly sweet
    overall: enjoyable, light and bright


    (February 11, 2020 - 10:24 pm)



    nose: cucumber 9
    palate: light, sea breeze, 9
    finish: grass, light, calm, 10
    overall: very drinkable! 9


    (February 11, 2020 - 10:25 pm)



    overall: very clean! 8


    (December 31, 2021 - 8:34 am)



    Just bought & tried this baijiu. This review is spot-on with the tasting. I will add, the nose was a big stronger than the taste. There was a clear undercurrent of baijiu funk on the nose, but it was much further in the background on the taste. Excellent stuff!

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