Loosely translated as ‘white alcohol’, Baijiu is a Chinese liquor that’s known for its clear and colourless appearance. It has been distilled for centuries and is widely considered to be China’s national drink. 

Also known as shaojiu, it’s made from sorghum (a type of cereal grain), but other grains such as rice or wheat may also be used. The grains go through a process of fermentation and distillation, before potentially being aged in pots or barrels – although this isn’t always the case.

Baijiu is bottled at 40%-60% ABV and has a strong flavour and aroma. Despite its strength, it has a complex profile with notes including fruit, citrus and herbs, but this can vary from region to region. 

Its ubiquitous presence in Chinese culture means that Baijiu is one of the most consumed spirits in the world. If you’re looking to try this popular drink, explore our range at House of Malt.

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