By Sasha Padbidri
So it seems that Moutai, a popular producer of baiju, has just been accused of selling fake liquor. The company, which packages their baiju in what looks like a detergent bottle, has since been quick to refute the rumors, claiming that they have already teamed up with local government units to investigate the allegations.
Now normally most of us wouldn’t touch that vile stuff, but how are we to know what goes into our drinks, especially since authentic baiju smells as nasty as its evil twin? This article offers some useful advice:
When you smell it, does your glass have hints of rubbing alcohol or formaldehyde instead of oak or caramel? That would most likely be the methanol that many fake alcohol distributors add to their “products.”
Moutai baiju is said to have a “mellow soy sauce” fragrance, so if you don’t find your nose being tickled by the smell of um, Chinese condiments, for a lack of a better word, hopefully you’ll find a way to discretely empty your Moutai into your neighbor’s glass.