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The Origin, Brewing and Development of Moutai Liquor  

Jiayao Zhou2 , Shiying Yu1 , Zheru Wang1
1 Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, China
2 Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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Molecular Microbiology Research, 2023, Vol. 13, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/mmr.2023.13.0001
Received: 14 Jul., 2023    Accepted: 31 Aug., 2023    Published: 11 Sep., 2023
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Zhou J.Y., Yu S.Y., and Wang Z.R., 2023, The origin, brewing and development of Moutai liquor, Molecular Microbiology Research, 13(1): 1-10 (doi: 10.5376/mmr.2023.13.0001)


The brewing history of Moutai is very long, and the ancient Pu people had a history of brewing. During the Qin and Han Dynasties, Maotai Town, which was still belong to Yelang Kingdom, had a variety of fruit-brewed wine, which was exported to various countries. Moutai, which is well known to us now, originated in the Tang and Song Dynasties with a history of more than 800 years. Moutai liquor belongs to Moutai-flavor liquor, which has long been the leader in Chinese liquor because of its clear and transparent liquor, soft and elegant aroma, mellow and long-lasting taste. Moutai's unique geographical environment, ancient and long brewing history and unique and scientific traditional brewing technology have created its unique microbial community, aroma and flavor components and product style, and its health care function of intervening and delaying liver fibrosis. The ancient and unique Moutai liquor not only inherits the essence of ancient brewing technology, but also shines with the brilliance of modern science and technology, which is a valuable national heritage of China. This review will deeply discuss the origin, brewing technology and historical development of Moutai, a famous liquor brand in China. By analyzing the historical origin, traditional brewing methods, quality assurance system and market performance of Moutai liquor, we try to reveal its unique position in China liquor market.

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