Aroma: I’m guessing Sauce
Horsiness: 3 (but see notes) horses (out of 5)
Burn: 4 flames (out of 5)
Bought at: Gum Wing Lee Luquors, (Chinatown, San Francisco)
I bought this from a liquor store in San Francisco. The guy I bought it from said he had nearly every baijiu that was legal to import into the US. I asked him for a recommendation of a baijiu that was similar to Kweichow Maotai, but not $200 a bottle, and this is what he sold me. So I’m guessing this is Sauce Aroma, because Kweichow Maotai is. I’ve never had another Sauce Aroma baijiu, so I can’t really compare.
It’s certainly a different-smelling baijiu, which is why I put the “see notes” suggestion in the horsiness–it has a very strong smell, but it’s not horsey the way other baijius I’ve had have been. Going into it blind, I wouldn’t have said it smelled like soy sauce, but I can see where that would be coming from. It has kind of a rotten fruit smell to me, but not in a bad way, if that makes any sense.
The taste is dry and a little bit salty. Not a lot of complexity until you get to the aftertaste, which is rich and smoky, with maybe a hint of blue cheese.
This is a weird one. Definitely not a baijiu for beginners. I think I’ll want to try more at another time, perhaps in comparison to another baijiu, and judge it again.