One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong sorghum-based alcoholic drink distilled in southwestern China.
- ‘For those who demand their Chinese authentic get some mao-tai and a book of Li Po's poetry and drink with the moon and your shadow.’
- ‘Instead of pouring the drink for me, the happy-go-lucky bear-like character opens a fresh bottle of mao-tai and hands it to me. "Well," he says, "who knows?"’
Named after a town in southwestern China.
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