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
Clear. Interesting aromas of marinated olives, cabbage and melon with a whiff of vanilla and pepper. Flavors follow suit on a lightly tannic, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a roasted pineapple, plum custard, bamboo and talc accented finish. Captures the wild and woolliness of baijiu with a savory, fruit-forward twist. This will be fun to mix with and creative adventurous cocktails.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
Kweichow Moutai
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