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China wine (the good kind)

Langjiu Hong Yun Lang 30

Order Chi­nese wine, and you are likely to re­ceive a bai­jiu style sorghum spirit in­stead of a western-styled grape wine. That’s no rea­son for com­plaint, how­ever, as pro­duc­ers like Sichuan Gulin Langjiu are pro­duc­ing com­plex and nuanced ver­sions such as the Hong Yun (good luck in Man­darin) Lang that are ar­guably as multi-lay­ered as whisky or Co­gnac. Aged for 30 years, this el­e­gant sauce aroma style bai­jiu ex­udes a trade­mark umami and nut­ti­ness on the nose. The palate of the clear liq­uid is del­i­cate, be­gin­ning with a tangy en­try lead­ing into a nutty, tea-suf­fused full-bod­ied mid palate, end­ing clean and mild while the glass re­tains a long-last­ing fra­grance. $888 (till 29 Feb), $1,888 (from 1 Mar) from Xi Yan Maxwell (dine in)

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