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Baijiu (Chinese: 白酒; pinyin: báijiǔ) or Shaojiu is potent Chinese alcohol. The name "Baijiu" literally means "white alcohol" or "white spirits". Chinese often mistakenly translate the word as "wine" or "white wine", but it is not a wine. Pinyin (Chinese: 拼音, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard... It has been suggested that Red wine be merged into this article or section. ...


Baijiu is a clear alcohol usually distilled from sorghum, although sometimes other grains may be used. In appearance it is similar to Russian vodka, Japanese shochu, or Korean soju, yet its flavour is distinctive and unique. Baijiu is generally about 80 to 120 proof (40-60% pure alcohol), making it a potent (and sometimes dangerous) spirit. Species About 20 species, including: Sorghum almum Sorghum bicolor Sorghum caffrorum Sorghum caudatum Sorghum cernuum Sorghum halepense Sorghum nervosum Sorghum nigricans Sorghum nitidum Sorghum propinquum Sorghum roxburghii Hybrids Sorghum × almum Sorghum × drummondii Sorghum is a genus of about 20 species of grasses, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the... Look up Vodka in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Vodka is a strong, clear, typically colorless liquor, usually distilled from fermented grain. ... Shōchū (焼酎; lit. ... Soju is an alcoholic beverage with origins in Korea. ...


Chinese serve baijiu either warm or at room temperature in a small ceramic bottle. They then pour the baijiu into small cups. Baijiu may be purchased as a set of items consisting of bottles of baijiu, a small heater, and four to six small cups. The serving method and containers are similar to those which are used to serve sake and soju, although as a drink baijiu differs greatly from the latter two beverages.


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What is Baijiu? (353 words)
Baijiu, which literally translates from the Chinese language as "white liquor," is a powerful distilled alcohol that is traditional in Chinese culture.
Baijiu is typically made from grains such as sorghum or wheat, but baijiu made in northern China may be made from glutinous rice instead.
Baijiu is considered to be China's national drink, and is frequently present at special occasions such as birthdays and business meetings, and any time a foreign guest is present at the dinner table.
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