Saturday, 15 November 2008

Getting Into the Spirit with Baijiu in China

On the heels of a tour of the Tsingtao brewery, a video showing on China's indigenous spirit baijiu:

Baijiu is rough stuff, clocking in at about 50% abv, and tasting like jet fuel. At corner markets you can get cheap baijiu in plastic squeeze bottles, best used as lighter fluid. The much more expensive Maotai and Wuliangye are "drinkable" but often counterfeit.

My stomach is turning just thinking of it - overindulging at a banquet with frequent toasting is a bad bad idea, as the guy in the video learns at the end... (via Shanghaiist)

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