Gift: Mini Red Yeast Rice (Cooking) Wine - 5-Year Aged Limited Batch


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This is a 50 mL mini bottle from a 5-year aged limited batch of our finest red yeast rice wine, with enhanced flavor due to using natural oak stirrers.

Red Yeast Rice (RYR), also called hongqu in Chinese  and koji in Japanese, is a traditional Chinese medicine ingredient popular in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. A medicinal remedy and health food since ancient times, it has been used in at least 24 TCM prescriptions for treating various chronic diseases, and was first recorded in the Local Chronicles of Gutian, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD).

Following numerous clinical studies, RYR now received growing attention in the West for its cholesterol-lowering qualities. Thanks to its high nutritional content and smooth, unique taste, RYR wine has been a popular drink in China for thousands of years, with new mothers in particular drinking it for nourishment during the 30-day “confinement period” after giving birth. In Chinese medicine, it has been historically used to treat indigestion and invigorate blood circulation. 

Today, RYR is used to lower cholesterol, relieve anxiety and stress, reduce inflammation, enhance immunity, and fight cancer. A recent research report also noted its anti-obesity, anti-fatigue, and anti-microbial activities. The fermentation used in making RYR wine further adds to its health benefits, producing GABA in the process. GABA helps lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress, making RYR wine a drink that many like to sip at night, including former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping—his doctor actually ordered him to drink RYR wine before bed to reduce stress levels.

In China, RYR wine is commonly made at home and is only made this time of year, as cooler weather produces the finest quality rice wine and the timing of the “harvest” is aligned with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Note: While red yeast rice wine can be consumed as a beverage or used as a cooking wine, for legal purposes, this is intended for use as a cooking wine. Many delicious recipes containing RYR wine can be found online.