Monday, March 19, 2012
When in China, I used to drink cheap maotai - a sorghum vodka - although it tasted like burning alcohol (known in my infancy as "spiritus") or gasoline. I liked the imaginative bottles looking like a dome-headed old sage or a phantasy dragon. The bottle made a nice present but no one liked the drink. It is too strong (more than 50%) and has a sorghum aftertaste (sorghum was used in my time to make street sweeper's brooms - yes, I used to clean my teeth with it). Now it appears that it is a 3 billion dollar business, larger than the Scott whisky franchise.