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Spirits List: Best Baijiu

While new to most American spirits lovers, Baijiu is the most consumed spirit worldwide. It is an ancient liquor made by wild fermenting grains such as sorghum and rice. The production methods have remained largely unchanged since the Song Dynasty. Alcohol ranges are wide, with some coming in at 25% ABV while others top the charts at nearly 60% ABV. The flavors are downright funky, at times putrid, and alltogether foreign for most western palates. Traditionally taken as small shots alongside strong umami based dishes, swirling and sipping the spirit is a unique experience. Those brave enough to dig into this richly layered category will be rewarded with challenging, yet enchanting flavors. Here are our top 8 scorers of 2018. 

1. Jian Nan Chun Baijiu (China), 97 Points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation 

2. Kweichow Moutai Feitian Baijiu (China), 96 Points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation 

3. TTL YUSHAN TAIWAN 58% Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 96 Points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation 

4. Yushan Kaoliang Chiew XO Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 94 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

5. Premium Kinmen Red Dragon Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 94 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

6. Lvxi Jiangjin Shaojiu Craft Baijiu (China), 94 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

7. Yushan Daqu Taiwan Blue Magpie 8 Years Old Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 94 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

8. 0.5L-58% Kinmen Logo Version Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan), 94 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended 

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