Jim writes, “How big is baijiu? Some 10 billion liters of this grain-based spirit, most of it more than 50 percent alcohol, are made each year. That’s a dozen 750 ml bottles for each of China‘s billion-plus adults, enough to fill 4000 Olympic-sized pools, so much that you might say the nation is swimming in the stuff.”
Eric Hanson, wine educator, and contributor to Richmond News gives a great snapshot of the origins, nuances, and uses of Baijiu — the world’s most consumed spirit.
Eric tells us, “I was very fond of your Baijiu and found it very similar to Aquavit from Scandinavia. My paternal grandparents came from Sweden so I am very familiar with Aquavit so I had a natural inclination to like Baijiu. Instead of caraway seeds, I noticed a fennel or licorice flavour, along with the wheat grains. It was delicate, elegant, and very enjoyable! ”
Read his full article. Then give it a try — you can order online through November 6 and get free shipping anywhere in Canada.
We’ll be serving samples and have lots of inventory on-hand. Get something special for that special someone to put under the tree.
Steve McVittie, president of the Royal Society of St. George, British Columbia Branch (SGSBC) is rallying supporters to have April 23 declared St. George Day. Newfoundland and Labrador currently celebrate the Monday closest to April 23 as a provincial holiday.
While St. George is widely know as the dragon slayer, no one here at Dragon Mist Distillery will hold that against him.
In fact, to show our support of his initiative, Edith and Gary from Dragon Mist Distillery will be attending the “British Invasion” St. George Day Celebration, April 21, 2018 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 100 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC.
Sherry will also attend New Westminster Farmers Market 11am to 3pm, and Don will be at the Haney farmers Market, Saturday, April 21 (Earth Day) 9am to 2pm.
Exciting news! Our new still arrived from the factory. Renovations to accommodate this new beauty are nearly completed. It should be fully functional in February.
The kettle is 1,000 liters – double our current capacity, and this still can achieve a much higher alcohol content in the first pass. The higher the alcohol content, the lower the residual flavors from the mash. This results in a much more neutral flavor in the distilled spirits.
We then add distilled water to lower the alcohol content to the desired level. Flavors such as the botanicals for our gin are then re-introduced.
The end result will be a very clean, neutral flavored spirit.
And we’ll be able to greatly increase our capacity. So, drink up — there’s more to come!
Curious about Baijiu, or already a fan? If you haven’t already discovered the World Baijiu Day website, you need to visit.
According to them, Baijiu producers beyond China are pretty rare, with Vinn in Portland and Taizi in Christchurch among the best examples. A relatively new Canadian brand called Dragon Mist Distillery in British Columbia seems a good candidate to join them.
Baijiu is the most-consumed spirit but little-known beyond China. World Baijiu Day aims to change that by teaming with venues, producers and consumers in dozen of cities on August 9.
Once you’re hooked, find out where you can pick up your own bottle of one of the finest baijiu spirits you’ll ever have.
Developed for the 2016 Langley Cranberry Festival, our Cranberry Liqueur has become our best selling liqueur.
Once you try it you’ll understand why.
Use it in your next Cosmopolitan or Crantini instead of cranberry juice. Or just sip it straight-up or on the rocks. And when thanksgiving rolls around you can’t find a more suitable holiday aperitif than Dragon Mist Cranberry Liqueur.
Could Baijiu be the new Tequila? This excellent article by Alexandra Gill in the Alchemist answers this and other questions about the world’s most consumed spirits — Baijiu.
Find out what Henry Kissinger and Dan Rather had to say about baijiu; how it’s made — both traditional and more modern methods; and some of Sherry Jiang’s master distiller methods.
Cheers! or should I say “gangbei” (bottoms up)?!