30 Year Old Baijiu 500ml
From Kweichow Moutai – the makers of the much-loved Flying Fairy – comes a rare age-statement expression of their Baijiu that’s almost impossible to find in the UK.
Created in the ‘sauce’ style and aged for three decades, this is an exquisite Baijiu. The liquid has a glorious golden hue, Moutai’s classic ‘jiang’ fragrance, and notes of ripe tropical fruits, sweet plums, poached pear, smoked nuts, roasted coffee, soy sauce, sesame oil and the earth after a campfire has burnt out. Immensely rich, yet remarkably light on its feet, it seems to dance across the palate with the elegance of a ballerina. Each bottle of Kweichow Moutai’s 30 Year Old Baijiu comes nestled inside a stunning gift box, alongside a traditional helmet-style stopper and a clever light for verifying the bottle’s authenticity – an absolute must-have for any serious collector.
Crafted from organic sticky sorghum, this aged Moutai uses a base spirit that has been matured for at least 30 years in ceramic pots. That is then blended with older Moutai chosen by the master blenders, who look for the finest fragrance, flavour profile and mouth feel. Flying Fairy may be more famous, but when you need a Baijiiu to really impress, that’s when you reach for the 30 Year Old.
Spirits Business ranked Kweichow Moutai as the world’s most valuable spirits brand in 2021, beating the likes of Jack Daniel’s, Hennessy, Smirnoff, Bacardi and Johnny Walker again. So, this is a bottle that deserves a place in any serious drinks cabinet. Named after the town of Maotai in Guizhou province where it originated, Kweichow Moutai have been making Baijiu for over 200 years. The brand shot to fame outside of China when it picked up a gold medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and later when it was served by Mao Zedong to visiting dignitaries at state dinners.
Baijiu has been China’s national drink for more than five millennia and is the most-consumed hard liquor on the planet (18 billion litres are made each year). Although the West has been slow on the uptake, that’s all about to change. Sales of this fascinating spirit are exploding around the world. And it’s worth noting that Baijiu is as important a part of Chinese heritage as silk, tea, ceramics, martial arts and calligraphy, all of which have become very popular on these shores.
The name translates as ‘clear spirit’, and Baijiu can be distilled from sorghum, wheat, rice, sticky rice or corn. What makes it unique is two-fold. Firstly, it’s an ingredient called ‘Qu’ – bricks of damp grains left in a warm place until they grow yeasts, fungi and microorganisms – that is used to kickstart the fermentation, a little like koji for Japanese Sake. This gives Baijiu a distinctive aromatic funk, which reminds us a little of high-ester Jamaican rum. Secondly, it’s the fact that Baijiu – unlike any other spirit we’re aware of – is created by distilling the solids, not the liquid. Baijiu is then matured in ceramic jars; something that’s becoming increasingly fashionable in the world of wine also. These breathable containers allow micro-oxygenation of the spirit and remove impurities, all without adding flavour.
Again, like fine wine, production methods vary and there are strong regional variations. So, the Chinese generally classify Baijiu by its distinctive smell. The primary categories are ‘rice’, a sweet and floral style from the south; ‘light’, a delicate style from the north made with sorghum; ‘strong’, the most popular style crafted using at least two grains and mud pits for fermentation; and ‘savoury’ or ‘sauce’, an expensive and umami style thought to resemble soy sauce. Following a similar trajectory to other strong, artisanal spirits like Mezcal, Baijiu is traditionally sipped neat, but it has recently captured the attention of cocktail aficionados and the world’s finest bartenders. Baijiu now looks set to cement its status as the greatest spirit on the planet by increasing its global reach.
£460 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3474686
Style No.: 888482
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