How is V.I.P Jiu 8 THE BEST BAIJIU IN THE WORLD?
Things to remember before we answer the above question:
- V.I.P Jiu 8 baijiu is made from a recipe that has laid hidden for three hundred years. So in that respect it is brand new to the market and is NOT a copy of any other spirit in the world.
- V.I.P Jiu 8 was resurrected exactly as it was originally conceived by the Kangxi emperor. Painstakingly and passionately keeping its authenticity 100% intact during all aspects of its revival, all along forever mindful and respectful of its imperial pedigree.
- V.I.P. Jiu 8 only uses the heart, the very best of the ethanol. You can taste the sweetness of the heart. By using only the heart we cut out all the poisons, fats and oils that lurk in the heads and tails. Not many baijiu producers can say the same. To put it in layman terms, the heads and tails is where the nasties are and the heart is where the pureness is.
As already pointed out above V.I.P. Jiu 8 was resurrected exactly as it was originally conceived. Painstakingly and passionately keeping its authenticity 100% intact during all aspects of its revival.
The recipe has NOT been tweaked, altered or modified in order to save time or money, it is EXACTLY AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY CONCIEVED 300 YEARS AGO.
V.I.P Jiu 8 – Historically the best baijiu in the world.
It is no coincidence that nine ingredients were selected in the V.I.P. Jiu 8 recipe.
“Nine is regarded as particularly auspicious and was also the imperial number. Nine was the highest single digit number and was therefore regarded as the ultimate masculine number – thus symbolising the supreme power of the emperor. Nine representations of auspicious emblems are often depicted on decorative arts intended for the emperor. Even the large metal studs on the huge gates at the entrances to the Forbidden City were usually arranged in nine rows of nine studs – 81 in all. Nine and its multiples can frequently be seen in palace architecture and furniture. Nine is also an important number for the attributes of dragons. A dragon was believed to have 117 scales, of which 81 were male (9 x 9) and 36 were female (9 x 4). There were believed to be nine different forms of dragon, and the dragon was supposed to have nine children. Two of the most well-known examples of imperial decoration featuring nine dragons are the magnificent ceramic nine-dragon screens, such as that in the Forbidden City Beijing – built in 1771, and the famous Qing dynasty nine-dragon imperial robes.“
Rosemary Scott, Senior Academic Consultant Asian Art
Baijiu modern history.
The V.I.P Jiu 8 recipe by far pre-dates the modernization of all the distilleries in China by the Chinese government In the late 1940s and early 1950s.
“Large regional distilleries were formed by the Chinese government in the late 1940s and early 1950s by merging smaller private distilleries into production centers that employed modern distilling techniques throughout the country and introduced the term baijiu to the national lexicon. It was a unifying act, calling all the formerly regional styles of shaojiu “baijiu” or “white liquor.” Around the same time the government also introduced the baijiu classification system which classifies baijiu linguistically by its aroma, even though experts rate baijiu by their taste rather than aroma.“ Derek Sandhaus
Modern baijiu production.
There are a few varying estimates for annual baijiu consumption, they range from 5 to 17 BILLION liters, the most accepted figure is 10 BILLION liters per annum. How much is 10 BILLION litres? Well to put it in perspective 10 BILLION litres of baijiu would fill a bath tub for all 65 million people living in the UK.
A lot of what you read online about how baijiu is made will paint a picture of tradition, showing images of ancient fermentation pits, old jars, underground caverns and antiquated brewing equipment. Major baijiu producers websites and marketing materials are filled with glossy images portraying the practise of traditional baijiu production techniques. 10 BILLION litres per annum is an awful lot of holes to dig.
The reality is largely being a staged show for visitors and the media to see, a marketing gimmick to create a sense of history around a brand. It is simply not possible, feasible, practical or profitable for the larger baijiu brands to produce billions of litres of baijiu in the traditional way. The only way to possibly produce billions of litres a year is by employing the use of industrial scale distillation plants and equipment.
The larger brands adopt this image of traditional complex production in order to create a sense of history, to create an illusion of complexity and sophistication in their production processes which gives an aura of extravagance and opulence which in turn justifies premium pricing. Another marketing tactic regularly used to drive sales is the shortage scare story. A PR company will be hired by well established baijiu brands to write and publish news stories stating that there is a shortage of grain or some other critical ingredient. These fictional scarcity stories successfully achieve their goals of price and demand increases, they create a quick buy it now mentality.
Only the smaller baijiu producers in China produce baijiu in the traditional way or those looking to produce special limited edition or aged baijiu. The majority if not all the bigger baijiu brands buy base alcohol from producers all over China, once in house they simply blend the base alcohol to their taste profile, bottle it then send it out for sale.
V.I.P Jiu 8 does NOT buy in base alcohol from other producers, instead we create our own wort from which to extract our alcohol from. From day one we were staunchley passionate about keeping the V.I.P Jiu 8 recipe 100% authentic during all aspects of its revival, all along forever mindful and respectful of its imperial pedigree.
Further Reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Full Story
V.I.P Jiu 8 – Restoratively the best baijiu in the world.
The nine herbs used in the V.I.P Jiu 8 recipe were selected by the Kangxi emperor in order to enter the stomach, spleen, lung, kidney and heart, to resolve dampness and qi stagnation. It strengthens the yang and tones the blood, inducing tranquillity, nourishing the liver and expelling cold.
Alcohol has been used medicinally for more than 5,000 years. Using it as medicine was recorded 2,000 years ago in the “Huang Di Nei Jing (皇帝内经),” the first medical book in China and the foundation of TCM.
“Moreover, some clinical data shows that moderate consumption of jiu (baijiu) may speed up blood circulation and improve the functioning of car-diovascular and circulatory systems. Yang et al studied health factors in relation to baijiu by using an in vitro model and found thatpyrazine compounds (primarily tetramethyl pyrazine) are related to antioxidant activities, immunity enhancement, and reduction of triglycerides. It also has been proven through clinical studies that moderate consumption of baijiu every day may play a significant role in the digestion of food by dissolving nutrients and stimulating the digestive system; moreover, it decreases the formation of blood clots and in turn may prevent arteriosclerosis. Therefore, moderate intake of baijiu is healthy and safe, although it is critical to control high intake.“ An extract from: Baijiu (白酒), Chinese liquor: History, classification and manufacture by Xiao-Wei and Zheng Bei-Zhong Han.
Further Reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – Is It Healthy?
V.I.P Jiu 8 – Enjoyably the best baijiu in the world.
From opening the bottle and undergoing your first inhalation of its unique bouquet, your mind is left wondering. What is it that I am familiar with? Then you take a sip. The taste has a myriad of flavours that your taste buds just cannot quite identify. You have to take two or three more tots to get used to its distinctive piquancy, only then will you realise it is a totally new and exciting drink that you are experiencing.
The versatile baijiu.
V.I.P. Jiu 8 is an extremely versatile baijiu, it can be drunk neat as it has a great taste, both on the palate and on the throat and a long pleasant after-taste. It can also be used in cocktails and mixers as its strength of 58% ABV still shines when it has been diluted. It can used as a restorative as it was originally intended, or it can be mixed in with tea infusions, hot toddies, coffees and can be used as an ingredient along with other Chinese herbs when making a tisane or a decoction.
Further Reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Versatile Baijiu