Chinese Baijiu distilling

2022-09-30 Editor : Luo Pan ECNS App Download
Special: Decoding the Culture Genes of China

(ECNS) -- "Superb liquor, it lives up to its name; a unique fragrance, from this wonderful land."

The aroma of Chinese baijiu has infiltrated the long history of Chinese culture. Maotai-flavor liquor features a mellow and delicate taste.

It is recorded in history that Han dynasty Emperor Wu dispatched Tang Meng in the sixth year of his reign (135 B.C.) as an envoy to a town in south China.

After drinking the liquor produced there, Tang brought it back to the capital city Chang'an (Today's Xi'an).

In the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (1600-1644), the process of using distiller yeast in saccharification, fermentation and distillation had gradually matured.

After continuous improvement, the world-famous Moutai-flavor baijiu was produced. Fen-flavor baijiu is refreshing, with soft aftertaste.

In the mid-Qing Dynasty (1728-1820), in order to improve quality, some workshops cooled the liquor in tin pots. Only the purest liquor cooled in the pot for the second time was kept.

That light-aroma type is called Fen-flavor baijiu. Luzhou-flavor baijiu has a strong aroma and lingering aftertaste.

Old cellars exceeding a century in age provide the foundations for making Luzhou-flavor baijiu.

The old cellars, after a long time in use, produce a special aroma due to the fermented microorganisms, infusing the distilled liquor.

Today, Chinese baijiu is billed a "business card" of China, vividly showing the charms of China's drinking culture!


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