Many people have never heard of baijiu, but if you ever travel to Asia, there is a good chance that you will encounter it when you land at a local bar.
What is Baijiu?
Baijiu, also known as shaojiu, is a type of distilled according to Derek Sandhaus in his book ‘Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Spirits’.that originated in southeast China. It is the most widely consumed liquor on the planet, even though almost all baijiu is consumed in Asian countries,
Traditionally, it is made from sorghum mash, but many different varieties of the style use different bases. Baijiu is also popularly infused with herbs and aromatics for medicinal purposes and most recently has become a popular base for . The content for this liquor can vary wildly from style to style, ranging anywhere from 20% to 65% ABV.
- Strong Aroma: Strong aroma varieties are made from sorghum and taste sweet and mellow.
- Light Aroma: Light aroma versions are dry and light tasting, with peas and barley, typically added to the mash.
- Sauce Aroma: The sauce aroma type is fermented multiple times and has a complex, bold flavor full of umami.
- Rice Aroma: Rice aroma varieties are clean and light, with a sweet taste and floral scent.
How to Drink?
As mentioned, this liquor is a fermented beverage, and like the many other fermented foods that form the base of the Chinese diet, there is a study conducted by Xiao-WeiZheng in the Nutrition & Health Research Institute, COFCO Corporation, Beijing, that suggests regular intake of this alcohol may help protect against and prevent ’s.
Baijiu is particularly popular at holidays, cultural celebrations, and when entertaining guests. It is traditionally drunk at, and served neat, at room temperature.