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Spirits Score: Moutai

Baijiu is at once the most consumed spirit in the world, and the most foreign to spirit lovers outside of China. The intrigue that surrounds it is palpable, and the intense flavors can be deliciously compelling, even at high prices. Moutai, the infamous sauce flavored baijiu, has no problem selling for $160 per 375ml bottle. Unique, pungent, and with a high score of 96 Points, it’s a benchmark spirit.

Generous aromas of salted fish, umami rich soy, and tamari roasted nuts are pungent and intriguing. Rich in the mouth, it coats the tongue pleasantly with a silky texture revealing complex nutty flavors with hints of cured fruit and flowers underneath. Savory and elegant.

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