About Baijiu

About Baijiu
Baijiu is an distilled spirit from China that is made from sorghum, rice , wheat or barley. ABV is around 20%, but may be higher. Baijiu has a clear appearance and offer a flavor profile with notes ranging from olives and cabbage to red licorice, teriyaki and balsamic. There are several versions of baijiu, as some are stored with pork fat, whole others are made with the addition of spices and herbs.

Baijiu is generally served at room temperature or warm in small cups and served before dinner. It can also be used in cocktails.

Top Picks for Baijiu

Kinmen Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 1958
93 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of plantain peel and flesh, galangal, banana nut bran muffin, water chestnut pressed linen, and grass with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, very long zucchini bread with chestnut honey, pink peppercorns, nut brittle, and minerals finish. A vivacious and tasty baijiu for all occasions.
Awards: 2017 Best Baijiu
Kinmen Baoyue Spring Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
92 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nut brittle, peppered roasted pineapple and apple, fruit pastry and teas, and model glue and chlorine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, long nut and honey syrup, caramelized nuts and root vegetables, pepper and garlic, and fish tank finish. A rich, yet nuanced savory baijiu that will appeal to whisky drinkers.
Kinmen Battle Spirit Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
92 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty dough, drying paint and licked manilla envelope, magic marker cap, and roasted coconut water with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, captivating, long chestnut syrup, jackfruit, and pepper and olive tapenade finish. A vibrant, tropical baijiu for stimulating shots and rum cocktails.
Kinmen Superior Kaoliang Liquor
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of kimchi and toasted tofu, mineral spirits, anise candy, and marinated garlic with a tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a hot, long cane stalk, bamboo, grilled citrus, and ginseng pudding finish. A robust, sweet and savory baijiu with a wide range of applications.
Kinmen Kaoliang Taiwan Merchant Selection Liquor
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of paint, caramelized bananas, roasted nut brittle, and hot pepper carob bar with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, long maple nut rice puff cereal, marinated figs and yams, wet wood, and beans and peas finish. A stalwart baijiu that is reminiscent of reposado tequila.
Kinmen Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 76 Proof
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas of caulk and rubber cement, sherried drizzled tropical fruits, mesquite and ancho, and horseradish and smoked paprika with a tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long marinated carrot and celeriac, vinegar-forward cole slaw, chestnut brittle, and cigar tobacco finish. An appetizing savory baijiu.
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
89 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas of stewed bananas and cherries in a metal pot, duct tape, bitter melon, and minerals and acetone with a tannic, medium-to-full body and a hot, very long hot pepper, rice powder, vanilla pudding, and coconut ash and cigar wrapper finish. A powerful, cachaça-like baijiu that commands attention.
Kinmen Premium Kaoliang Liquor
88 points
Clear color. Curious aromas and flavors of wet latex paint and caulk on wood, grilled and caramelized pickles and citrus, wet rice paper, and squash with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long vanilla hemp milk, honeyed mixed radishes, and chalk and cedar mulch finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering baijiu that wakes the palate.
Kinmen Original Distilled No.21 Kaoliang Liquor
88 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of vinyl and acetone, banana chips, hot pepper marinated cucumber, and medicinal herb tincture with a lightly tannic, lively, sweet-and-sour full body and a peppery, complex, very long leek marmalade, Sichuan button, spicy zucchini pepper bread, and ginseng gum finish. A complex, tactile baijiu.
Kinmen Kaoliang Blue Dragon Liquor
88 points
Brilliant clear color. Brash, buttery aromas and flavors of caramel corn and maple flavored cereal, rice vinegar marinated mushrooms and root vegetables, Coleman’s fuel, and plastic wrapped hard cheese rind with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long orange gelatin, eggshells in potting soil, hot pepper simple syrup, and kelp with sesame finish. A lively and engaging baijiu with good versatility; try as a substitute for gin in cocktails.