Definitions

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  • n. A clear, Chinese distilled alcoholic beverage, generally about 40-60% alcohol by volume, usually distilled from sorghum.

Etymologies

From Mandarin 白酒 (báijiǔ). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Maotai—the most popular variant of a homegrown liquor called baijiu, and once a favorite of Chairman Mao—now sells for more than $300 a bottle, double the price a year ago.

    Forget Stocks—Chinese Turn Bullish on Booze and Caterpillar Fungus

  • Then we'll close the door and overwhelm our guests with numerous courses of delicacies and round after round of toasts with Chinese hard liquor known as baijiu, or white liquor.

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  • China's "national wine," giving it an undeniable marketing edge over the other gullet-searing grain spirits, collectively known as baijiu, tossed back at banquet tables across the nation.

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  • I have no doubt it was the Chinese spirit baijiu, which is usually 55ish percent.

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  • baijiu translates as "white spirit" at state dinners during his first visit to China in 1972.

  • China's swelling middle class, many of whom are replacing the long-popular "baijiu" grain liquor and beer at their dinner tables with

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  • Not surprisingly, then, it is home to a small alcohol factory, which produces 'baijiu', the Chinese version of vodka.

    RNW: English

  • "The dominance reflects widespread popularity of local spirits, especially rice-based spirits such as baijiu in China and soju in South Korea," stated the report.

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  • "baijiu," earned its cachet as the alcohol of choice by Chinese leaders and diplomats to honor visiting dignitaries.

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  • As part of a joint venture in China for example, Diageo produces the Shui Jing Fang brand of baijiu, a white spirit that the company says accounts for half of China's alcoholic-beverage consumption by volume.

    Diageo Nears Deal With Turkish Spirits Maker

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