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Part of this year’s global ganbei involved a handful of people around the world getting samples of Luzhou Laojiao for examination, experimentation, evaluation and, ultimately, enjoyment. Here’s the lineup.

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Tropical and citrus and stone fruit. Pineapple and lemon and peach. Banana and orange and plum. The kind of fruits you might see cited in baijiu tasting notes.

So, I visited my local Beijing market to load up on a rainbow color’s worth of fruit for a taste test with three bottles of Luzhou Laojiao that recently arrived. (See my review here.)

I tried 10 fruits against...

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Christchurch doubled down for World Baijiu Day this year with a pair events that celebrated this unique spirit.

On August 8, the day before World Baijiu Day proper, Glenn Schuitman organized a trade tasting, featuring local baijiu brand Taizi, at bar Gin Gin. Schuitman has been involved in WBD since year one, hosting parties and tastings at his...

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A new spirit using three-year-old baijiu as a base and eight botanicals for aromatics and flavoring is aiming to be a hit with bartenders.

白8, which translates to White 8, was created by partners RJ Steiner and James Gillespie using light aroma baijiu from Zhejiang province and botanicals from across China.

I caught up with Steiner and guest bartender Logan Browse at Beijing restaurant / bar Superfly in June to try...

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The year 1573.

Future playwright William Shakespeare and scientist Galileo Galilei were schoolboys. The sprawling Songhai empire in West Africa was in its twilight years. And across the Atlantic in New York, well, forget skyscrapers: that land was still a hunting ground for the Lenape people and was decades from becoming New Amsterdam let alone The Big Apple. Oh, and when it came to European fashion? The Spanish cape was...

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Hot times–literally–at Bar Choice in Shenzhen this week for a warmup event with Chinese baijiu and Chinese natural wine. Trade members got together to test out a concept that pairs cocktail joint Bar Choice, natural wine bar Weeknd and trade fair organizers Wine to Asia for lots of boozy fun.

Check out this video by Wine to Asia’s Simone Incontro of a fiery Moutai cocktail in...

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The baijiulato came back! For a fourth straight year, Ludvig Saaf of baijiu distributor Lu Spirits teamed with gelato chain StikkiNikki in Stockholm to create a special treat that blends gelato, baijiu and other tasty ingredients. And to top it all off, they served it in a bao, the steamed bread widely popular in China. Stikki Nikki had three baijiulatos on offer:

Brown butter and orange with light...

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There is no shortage of baijiu in Beijing. Here are three places to have a sip or two during World Baijiu Day. In fact, these venues are so close together you could easily take a leisurely stroll and visit all three.

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There is no shortage of baijiu in Beijing. Here are three places to have a sip or two during World Baijiu Day. In fact, these venues are so close together you could easily take a leisurely stroll and visit all three.

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Sibling bars Sanyou and Hope & Sesame in Guangzhou and Hope & Sesame in Shenzhen offer a trio of good options for celebrating World Baijiu Day.

In fact, if you are interested in baijiu, Sanyou is the ideal spot to visit given it is focused on this spirit, to the extent that it has cocktails options for each of the 12 official baijiu styles.

Hope & Sesame has...

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