(Finding baijiu outside China can be difficult. The “Buy Jiu” series aims to help. Feedback on the info in these posts is welcome.)
In Canada, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario a.k.a. the LCBO lists a handful of baijiu options at its stores throughout the province. Being in the LCBO portfolio is not the same as being in every store, since the latter differ in terms of size and focus. You can contact an individual store to see if a given baijiu is stocked and, if it isn’t, have it ordered. Here are some baijiu options at LCBO:
- Hong Xing 10-Year-Old (Beijing, $34)
- Luzhou Laijia ‘Guo Jia 1573’ (Sichuan, $198.95)
- Tuopai Shede ‘Tequ’ (Sichuan, $53.95)
- Xinghuacun ‘Fen Chiew’ (Shanxi, $29.95)
- Xifengjiu ‘Xi Feng 1856’ (Shaanxi, $124.95)
Those aren’t cheap by China standards, but if you want to get a taste of baijiu for less than 30 Canadian dollars — plus taxes — in Ontario, you have an option.
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