A friend just got back recently from China. While he was there, he had the opportunity to try some maotai, and was intrigued by it enough to want to bring some home. According to him (I’m probably relating this story incorrectly), he says he attempted to purchase some, and was asked where he was taking it. When he gave “the US” as an answer, he was refused the sale.
So what might have been the reason he couldn’t bring it back to America with him? And, is there a legal way to get some in this country? A Google search for “maotai” doesn’t even bring up the expected sidebar ads for online sources…that in itself is telling.