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  • noun a kind of Chinese liquor produced in the town of Maotai, in the city of Renhuai, Guizhou province, Southwest China.

Etymologies

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From Mandarin 茅台酒 (máotáijiǔ).

Examples

  • To: All fyi, sorghum can be fermented and distilled to produce maotai, which is regarded as one of the china's most famous liquors.

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  • Yet China seemed to exert a seductive influence, such that even staunch anti-Communists like Attlee softened once they found themselves toasting with maotai under red tasseled lanterns.

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  • The menu won't be familiar: "lumpy dough soup" in a tomato stock (Ge Da Tang); sliced pork sausage marinated in the fiery Chinese liquor maotai (Zi Zhi Jui Kao Xiang Chang); a rich fish-stomach soup (Nong Tang Yu Du Si) and, most delicious of all, duck meat and chives rolled into crepes and deep-fried (Ya Si Dan Juan).

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  • Monkey brains, sea slugs and “Thousand-Year-Old-Eggs” are just 3 of the dozen or so delicacies typically served at these affairs … plus a very nasty plum wine and a paint-peeling, sorghum-based 130-proof liquor called maotai.

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  • To connoisseurs, China's best liquors are those made from sorghum - the famous (or infamous) maotai and samshu, for example.

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  • And when they still did not become unglued, he made the girl drink a lot of maotai, until she was a senseless drunk.

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  • Anyone seeking the full Nixon experience will naturally want to down a shot of maotai, which the restaurant will be pouring for $25 for a tiny cup.

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  • Henry A. Kissinger, stand and toast with tiny glasses of red stuff, supposedly Chinese maotai.

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  • Mr. Tong said maotai has become very expensive and is much in demand, particularly around the Lunar New Year.

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  • Margaret MacMillan, an aide to Dr. Kissinger had tasted maotai on an advance trip and, gravely concerned about its effect on Nixon, cabled back a warning: "Under no repeat no circumstances should the president actually drink from his glass in response to banquet toasts."

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