About Chinese Spirits

While China is a huge market for imported spirits (it is the second largest market for cognac sales after the USA), the local spirits are generally not of great quality. The national beverage is Moutai Bai Jiu, a liquor distilled from sorghum that ranges in alcoholic content from 35% to 53%. Versions vary from little aging to some being aged for as long as thirty years. It is served in small cups and has often been used in China to toast foreign dignitaries.

Vodka and other liqueurs are also produced in China, although imported spirits account for much of the local consumption.
Top Picks for China
206962
AK-47
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of clay, straw, and pepper with a silky, dry light-to-medium body and a rice candy, wax wrapper, pepper and dried tropical accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218120
Kweichow Moutai
Baijiu
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, vaporous, savory aromas and flavors of stewed cashew fruit, sauerkraut and borsht, tamari marinated meat, and twice baked potatoes with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, refreshing, long braised beef, mealy Asian pear, pineapple husk and yogurt, and white chocolate finish. A complex interplay of savory, meaty, earthy, and fruity notes.
86 points $139.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab