V.I.P Jiu 8 is Britain’s first authentic Imperial craft baijiu that truly embraces and celebrates the history and traditions of China’s favourite spirit.
V.I.P Jiu 8’s unique recipe was first conceived 300 years ago by one of China’s greatest ever emperors and only now, due to an extraordinary set of circumstances has the original recipe been painstakingly and authentically recreated.
The story begins back in 2014, when V.I.P’s creator Irving Graham bid £300 for a cracked Chinese wine cup at an auction in southern England. He later discovered it was a piece from the Imperial Chinese collection once housed in the Forbidden City during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor between 1654-1722.
Irving went on to sell the cup for £28,000, but not before it offered up one last valuable secret – a handwritten note hidden in its wooden presentation box containing a 300 year-old recipe for a jiu tonic. All nine ingredients had been specially chosen by the Emperor himself.
Over the next few years Irving embarked on an epic journey to China, keen to discover more about baijiu and its importance in Chinese culture. He later brought his newfound knowledge back home with him to Britain, determined to create the UK’s first Imperial craft baijiu.
Today his dream is a reality and now you too can experience the taste of China’s most celebrated and revered spirit for yourself.
As an ancient Chinese proverb says, ‘An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet.’
V.I.P Jiu 8 is the best baijiu in the world, but rather than just take our word for it we wanted science to give us some answers, so we sent a bottle of V.I.P Jiu 8 along with a bottle of one of the world’s leading baijiu brand Kweichow Moutai Flying Fairy to a UK laboratory for analysis.
We ensured the laboratory was a registered member of UKAS – The United Kingdom Accreditation Service that is recognised by the UK government when comparing products to internationally agreed standards.
The two bottles were labelled sample A and sample B. Sample A was V.I.P Jiu 8.
Sample B was Kweichow Moutai Flying Fairy.
After several weeks we received the analysis report, which confirmed what we already suspected.
The laboratory concluded that the two bottles were very different indeed. Sample A (VIP Jiu 8) was found to be considerably more complex than sample B (Kweichow Moutai Flying Fairy).
The charts clearly show that sample A (VIP Jiu 8) contains many more compounds with positive attributes than sample B (Kweichow Moutai Flying Fairy).
For a full breakdown of the results see: V.I.P Jiu 8 – V – Moutai
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