Friday, September 12, 2014

Baiju: "Unearthing China’s Ancient Terroir in Maotai" and Simultaneous Invention

About baiju, this article is more evidence that the "Chinese" are as different as different Europeans:

"In the centuries that followed, baijiu spread to all corners of the empire and became a fantastically diverse category of sprits. Because overland travel into the hinterland was often treacherous—if not impossible—each backwater hamlet developed production techniques in near total isolation. Some baijius are fermented in stone pots, others in vast subterranean pits of stone or mud. Most of them are distilled from sorghum but they can also be made from rice, wheat, corn, millet and even Job’s tears, or a combination thereof."
Also evidence of simultaneous invention.

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