4: Chinese Distilled Spirits
In ancient times, the distilled alcoholic drinks were called "Shao Jiu" or "Gao Liang Jiu" in Chinese pronunciation. After the founding of People's Republic of China, the term `Chinese Spirit' replaced the old names 'Shao Jiu' and 'Sorghum Spirit' used widely before. Because of the varieties of raw-materials used and different processes adopted in the production of spirits from place to place, each type of distilled spirit has its distincted aroma and flavor feature, the classification of spirits are complicated.
Systems for Classifying Chinese Spirits ┌─ According to Qu used in Fermentation │ │ ├─ According to the Types of Aroma and Flavour │ │ ├─ According to the Fermentation States Chinese─┤ Spirits │ ├─ According to the Quality │ │ ├─ According to the Ethanol Content │ │ └─ According to the Raw Materials