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Baijiu - Chinese Distilled Spirits
Chinese Alcohols - Profiles and photos of Chinese Beers, Wines and Spirits

Erguotou brand baijiu

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Chinese spirits usually take the form of baijiu, 白酒, (pronounced by joh).

Baijiu literally translates to "white liquor". It is distilled from grain alcohol making it very potent - 40-60% alcohol by volume. Baijiu is usually distilled from sorghum and has a distinctive smell and taste - if you can get past the fire that consumes your mouth and throat after swallowing. People who enjoy baijiu refer to the "fragrance" of the stuff. It is served in mini-wine glasses and is usually thrown back, not sipped.

Ask any business person who has been at a Chinese banquet and she or he will probably have a story or two to tell about baijiu. There are various brands and types but famous varieties include:

  • Maotai
  • Erguotou
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