Awamori is the oldest distilled alcoholic drink in Japan, and is believed to be the predecessor of shochu. The technique for making awamori is said to have remained unchanged for over 500 years. Indica Thai rice is soaked in water and sprinkled with black koji mold, which is then fermented with water and yeast, before undergoing a single distillation to complete the process.
Baijiu pronounced bye-j’yo—is a drinks category that encompasses all traditional Chinese grain spirits. Baijiu is most commonly distilled from sorghum, but is also be made from rice, wheat, corn and millet. With a high alcohol percentage and ABV's ranging from 80% to 120% proof, this fire water is not for the faint of heart. It is served at room temperature with a small amount. Baijiu is the world’s best-selling category of liquor, but beyond China’s borders, it is too often overlooked.