I’ll be in Tainan next summer (first time ever in Taiwan) and I was curious what the drinking culture is like. I became familiar with baijiu some years ago, is it also commonly drank in Taiwan? My Taiwanese friend gave me a sample of some kaoliang she had on hand here in America, but said she and her friends all prefer drinking beer. Furthermore, what types of liquor/beer are exclusive to Taiwan that I need to try during my stay?
You should try kaoliang and other white liquors (maybe the aborigine 3 in 1- rice wine, canned milk, and canned coffee), but all these drinks might not really be your thing (I’m not excited about any of it). In this case, just go crazy with the local beer, craft beers, etc.
If you like scotch, maybe try a good bottle of Kavalan (their good stuff isn’t cheap, though). Maybe visit their distillery in Yilan and sample some of their whiskies.
Just dont expect it to be cheap. its not insane, but not cheap.
Though agood 5 litliter of kaoliang moonshine for a grand.will et you started with the locals right quick. you can follow your nose to find the illegal distillers in the countryside. Its not a super common thing to see, but its common.
Tunnel 88 cave on Matsu islands is kind of cool. If China doesnt bomb them, its worth a look.the
Medicine stuff is fun for a buzz. But really, some betel nut with beers and your happy as anything