First taste in ages, I know. It’s gotten tough for me to find new baijius that are available in the US but that I haven’t already tasted. But a recent trip to Flushing led me to a store with a bunch of them. I brought two bottles home, and now know of another place to find new ones.
Anyway, on to the Phoenix. It has a very mild smell–smells like alcohol, but little beyond that.
The taste is also…well, mild isn’t quite the right word, since it has a substantial burn, but uncomplicated. Some citrus, maybe a touch of peach or similar, but that’s about it. Lacks the complexity of the baijius that I really like.
I can’t recommend this one. It’s perfectly drinkable, but I don’t really see the point of it. If you’re looking for a simple, beginner-level baijiu, I think ByeJoe or Red Star would be better, and if you’re looking for one with a more complex flavor this is definitely not that.