I made the short trip from Beijing to Baoding last week to visit a baijiu factory that I was told used unusual containers. Turns out the company, Yimuquan, is using some 68-year-old containers made from willow branches — the ongoing civil war at the time of production, 1948, made metal scarce — and sealed from inside with cotton paper, pig’s blood and egg whites. I’ll soon have more on these vats, and the baijiu they contain, but for now a few photos.
Again, more details on these containers, and tasting notes on the baijius themselves, to come.
Thanks to Baoding HQ for arranging this trip.