What is cachaça?

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What is cachaça?

Mainly drunk in Brasil (99% of production doesn’t leave the country). That’s why it probably will not instantly ring a bell. But when we say caipirinha, you’ll know. Yes, cachaça is the main ingredient of this highly pleasant cocktail.

Cachaça is the third most consumed spirit on earth

Mainly drunk in Brasil (99% of production doesn’t leave the country). That’s why it probably will not instantly ring a bell. But when we say caipirinha, you’ll know. Yes, cachaça is the main ingredient of this highly pleasant cocktail.

Cachaça is often referred to as Brazilian rum, and we get it, it’s not easy to explain why it is NOT a rum. But still, it just isn’t. The long version: cachaca is a spirit made from fresh sugar cane juice where as rum can also be made from sugar cane syrup or molasses. In short: cachaça is purer than rum because it always uses clean ingredients.

The fabulous spirit comes in two varieties: classic and aged. Classic is the one used in caipirinha, it’s ‘white’ or clear. It is bottled soon after fermentation and distillation, hence creating a very intense sharp sugar cane taste – perfect for cocktails. Cachaça is aged on wood to create a more soft and round flavour. Aging changes the color from white to yellow-ish, caramel or gold.

We  ❤️ artisanal cachaça

It is this aging process that makes cachaça one of the most interesting spirits in the world. But before we get into that, first let us make a very clear point: our hearts only go out to artisanal cachaça. Industrial crap is never an option. Ever.

Proper artisanal cachaças are very rich complex spirits, ranging from extremely smooth and round to sharp herbaceous. This versatility in taste comes from the ability to age on so many different (indigenous) woods. Each type of wood provides its own specific quality and flavor.

This way cachaça becomes an any-occasion-drink. Pure, neat or on the rocks, and with great potential for mixology. And that, cachaça friends, is why we decided to start this blog.

Saúde!

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