This Friday, March 24, 白8 baijiu – a Shanghai-born craft baijiu brand – is taking over the W Suzhou's WOOBAR, kicking off a weekend full off 白8 baijiu events. Co-founder of 白8, RJ Steiner, will be behind the bar from 9pm-Midnight, mixing up tasty 白8 cocktails.
On Saturday, it's time to 'Shake the Lake' as W Suzhou hosts Sips and Sounds Vol. 2, with sips by mixologist RJ Steiner and sounds by guest DJ Annie.
Craft 白8 cocktails will also spill into Sunday with 'W Does Brunch Takeover' with RJ Steiner shaking up even more boozy 白8 brunch libations.
Here's a sneak peek at this weekend's menu:
Baijiu, a cornerstone of Chinese culture, embodies tradition, history and status. The name, 白 – meaning white – represents the purity of this spirit that shares the same first character with the word baijiu. The idea of 8 both exemplifies wholeness and the dynamic and static state of all-natural phenomena – a fundamental Chinese philosophy of nature.
As a craft baijiu, 白8 (pronounced bai-ba) elegantly finds the balance between heritage and modernity. A refined formula of 8 local botanicals – inspired by Chinese apothecary – gives birth to the hero product.
Hawthorne, Chinese date, coriander seed, green tea, shiitake mushroom, honey, Sichuan peppercorn, and Buddha’s hand come together to enhance the essence of this aromatic baijiu. Each botanical is hand-selected from regions across China for its unique flavor qualities.
Pure ingredients and time-honored fermentation techniques give baijiu its unrivaled power in Chinese culture. 白8 is the first to take this infusion of a finished baijiu product and re-distill and blend it to create a baijiu that is complex and well-balanced, without compromising on the flavors that make baijiu truly unique.
The distillery – nestled on the Ou River in Lishui, Zhejiang draws its water from this natural water source, resulting in a light-flavored baijiu that is aromatic and piquant. After a two-month fermentation process using a closely guarded small qu (小曲) fermentation agent recipe, the baijiu is distilled in traditional stainless steel still – the design of which has remained unchanged for centuries.
They then incorporate their carefully selected eight botanicals – macerating, re-distilling and blending the final product. 白8 is strictly crafted in small batches to ensure quality and flavor are never compromised.
Their own distinct blending and distilling process makes 白8 the ideal baijiu for cocktail mixing. 白8 aspires – that through a natural approach – people will fall in love again with baijiu, an irreplaceable cultural element.
With an aromatic scent, a refined taste, and a casual elegance, 白8 is able to harness the power of this symbolic spirit, making a new drinking tradition out of one of the world's oldest.
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[All images courtesy of 白8]