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Could someone please help translate this label?

Asked by 8Convulsions (2182points) April 30th, 2013

This bottle was brought back from Snake Alley in Taipei, Taiwan.

I was told it was an alcohol called Baijiu.

It smells like eucalyptus. Pretty much just like Vick’s VapouRub, actually. It’s really nasty stuff.

I’ve tasted it and it’s awful. I’m having a hard time believing it’s even alcohol at all? I’m not looking to drink it, and I’ll probably just dump it out. But I can’t help but wonder if I tasted some cleanser or something?

If anyone could offer any sort of information about it, I would greatly appreciate it.

Here it is from a few angles. I didn’t have the best camera.


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CWOTUS's avatar

Chinese “white wine” (which is what they called it when I visited and was hosted by the Chinese in Wuhan) is nasty, wicked, vile and evil-tasting moonshine. But the Chinese seem to like it. Here in the USA we would not call it any kind of “wine”, but maybe “white lightning”. If you don’t have kids or irresponsible (alcoholic) adults around the house, it might be fun to keep in a liquor cabinet as a conversation piece, but I don’t have any and don’t need to start those conversations. I presume that what I had was safe to drink in extreme moderation, and I would presume that all of the label ingredients on your bottle are safe and within the parameters of what passes for normal for this beverage.

But if you bought it in a back alley in Taiwan, then how much are you willing to trust what may be on the label?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m barely literate in English, how would I read Chinese? My rule is if I have a question about something I don’t touch it. Old moonshiners used to use car radiators to distill white lightning. Guess what else is in the radiator, lead. And China has a lot of history of lead in things. I wouldn’t mess with it.

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filmfann's avatar

If this is the stuff I think it is, @Adirondackwannabe is correct, except that it is very drinkable. I drank a lot of this when I was in China, and occasionally I find it here. Diane Feinstein had 16 shots of this at one sitting while she was in China, and I think that is the record. It is brutal, but effective.

Tina823's avatar

If you said it is BaiJiu, that is one kind of wine from China, Chinese like to drink that. But from your pics, i found that it is not wine, it is one kind of product to repel insects like mosquitoes. Please make clear what you are offer, the pic is really different from what you have described.

8Convulsions's avatar

@Tina823 I was just told it was Baijiu. It was given to me as a gift. I’ve just gone off what they told me, but like I said, I’ve started wondering if it’s something else? You say it’s a sort of insect repellent? Can you give me more information? Can you tell me what the label specifically says?

Now I’m more confused than ever! Haha

Thanks for the other answers too, guys! :)

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