- V.I.P Jiu 8 baijiu is made from a recipe that has lain hidden for three hundred years. So, this is a historical recipe that is also brand new to the market. It 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. We have painstakingly and passionately kept its authenticity 100% intact during all aspects of its revival, being 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 all baijiu producers can say the same. To simplify, the heads and tails are where the nasties are and the heart is where the pureness is.
The recipe has NOT been tweaked, altered or modified in order to save time or money; it is an honour to produce it EXACTLY AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED 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 (though times have changed) – 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 pre-dates the modernisation of all the distilleries in China by the Chinese government in the late 1940s and early 1950s by far – several centuries in fact.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, bigger regional distilleries were set up by the Chinese government. This was achieved by pulling together smaller distilleries that were privately operated, merging them into large production centres. They began to use modern distilling methods and the term ‘baijiu’ began to be more widely known and talked about. Soon, the name was incredibly familiar to the nation at large. It was a smart move as the regional ‘shaojiu’ was now referred to as ‘baijiu’ or sometimes ‘white liquor’.
During this period, the government also brought to life the baijiu classification system; this meant that baijiu could now be classified linguistically by aroma (as we know it today). Experts still sometimes rate baijiu by taste but the correct term of ‘aroma’ gives us what we know today as sauce, strong, light and rice as the main aroma categories.
Further Reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Full Story
V.I.P Jiu 8 – Restoratively the best baijiu in the world.
The nine ingredients 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; this was believed to resolve dampness and qi stagnation. It also 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 T.C.M.
Moreover, some clinical data shows that moderate consumption of jiu (baijiu) may speed up blood circulation and improve the functioning of cardiovascular and circulatory systems. Yang et al studied health factors in relation to baijiu by using an in vitro model and found that pyrazine 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 be 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