Penderyn British Bai Jiu
Penderyn British Bai Jiu, is the result of a combination of modern, western distilling quality and standards – with an ancient Chinese clear spirit known as Bai Jiu. While mostly unknown outside of China, Bai Jiu (and derivatives of it) are responsible for more than 90% of the liquor consumption in China.
The concept of Baijiu is not too dissimilar to many spirits in the west. Fermented grain mash (normally 90% – 100% of the grains are sorghum with occasionally other grains added) is distilled to a high ABV, and then left to settle in earthenware jars for a period of time. It is bottled at between 35% abv and 70%abv. The leading brands are typically 53% and packed in 500ml bottles.
This is a British spin on the ancient traditional Chinese liquor. Different timings on the cut of the distillate from the stills and also taken off the stills at a lower initial abv. This results in the retention of more flavours from the grains, while also ensuring that less of the more volatile and chemical tasting flavours go into the final product.
It can be more easily understood as a Chinese grain-based liquor, crafted in a method that is similar to what is used to create whisky.
Nose. A distinct and classic bai jiu aroma but with the very obvious fact that the smells are all natural in essence. None of the overpowering chemical notes that are normally associated with mainstream bai jiu styles. Reminiscent of either a good quality sipping tequila or a very light whisky.
Palate: Soft and delicate touches of grains and muesli with a sweet and honeyed follow on. There’s a definite viscosity to the liquid, carried through from the grains in the mash bill and the timing of the distillation cut.
Finish: The finish moves into soft citrus fruits just before the warmth of the 53% touches the chest like a seaside sunbathe.
Traditionally – Straight in a shot glass will always be the most popular way to serve any Bai Jiu.
We recommend British Bai Jiu is served neat, no ice, no mixer, at room temperature and not chilled in a freezer (as is the tradition with some clear liquors including vodka)
Penderyn British Bai Jiu is smooth enough to be enjoyed at room temperature.
Straight from The Mayor
I don’t like baijiu. Cheap, expensive, in between. I just can’t stomach it. Apparently, there are different styles and different crafting methods, but to me, they all smell and taste the same.
That’s where Penderyn British Bai jiu is a game changer. It’s a full-on distilled grain-based liquor that comes in at 53% abv but goes down smoother than most 40% vodkas. Even at room temperature, this is perfectly drinkable. If 53% is a bit much, then this is a really kicking cocktail base for when you want something with a bit more to it than an alcopop.
If you like baijiu, you’ll love this. If you hate baijiu, you’ll probably still love this.