Drawing on interviews with baijiu aficionados, distillers and key players in the alcoholic beverage industry, Sandhaus introduces the history and development of alcohol in China - the birthplace of grain-based alcohol. Distillation and production processes, the landscape of the industry today, and a page-by-page guide to the major varieties, distilleries and brands all feature in Baijiu- The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits.
Derek Sandhaus spent years sipping and savouring baijiu on the Mainland during his years as a China-based writer and editor. In his journey to 'spiritual' enlightenment, he also published Tales of Old Peking and Tales of Old Hong Kong and edited Decadence Mandchoue- The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse. He maintains the blog, 300 Shots at Greatness and runs a baijiu consultancy.