by Live in Guizhou

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Maotai or Moutai is a style of baijiu, a distilled Chinese liquor made in the town of Maotai in China’s Guizhou province. Produced by the state-owned Kweichow Moutai Company, it is distilled from fermented sorghum and has several varieties. Maotai uses simple materials such as grain and water to create its flavor. After four years of brewing in urns, it is ready to be sold.

Maotai originated during the Qing Dynasty when northern Chinese distillers introduced advanced techniques to local processes to create a distinctive type of baijiu. After that, Maotai was produced at several local distilleries. During the Chinese Civil War, the People’s Liberation Army forces camped at Maotai and owned local liquor. Following the Communist victory in the war, the government consolidated the local distilleries into one state-owned company, Kweichow Moutai. It became a trendy drink at state functions and one of the country’s most popular spirits.

Maotai has been used on official occasions in feasts with foreign heads of state and distinguished guests visiting China. It is the only alcoholic beverage Chinese embassies present as an official gift in foreign countries and regions. Maotai sells over 200 tons of Maotai to over 100 countries and territories worldwide.