Cachaça is still relatively unknown outside Brazil. It is best known for its use in cocktails - especially caipirinha - but cachaça is currently the third most consumed liquor in the world. Nearly all consumption (99%) takes place in Brazil but we feel that now is the time to introduce it to a wider audience. First of all because of the great taste, but also for the cultural experience that it exudes: the sultry summer sun, the Brazilian spirit, and the historical macho craft of producing cachaça. There is so much to savour and cherish in each bottle.
Cachaça has its roots in rum, but is purer since it is made of freshly pressed sugarcane juice and not the sugar cane syrup or molasses which is used for rum. For this reason, cachaça distinguishes itself with its stronger sugar cane flavour and the specific taste of each cachaça is determined by the type of wood used in the distillation process and the maturation period.
The maturation process can use up to 25 different types of wood casks - unlike whisky and brandy that use oak almost exclusively. Each type of wood, such as amendoim, jequitibá and umburana, give their own specific qualities and flavours to the maturation process, each having a different effect on the taste - from peanuts to grapefruit, cinnamon, coffee and anise. Some cachaças mature for more than 10 years, such as our 12 year old Vale Verde, but whether the maturation period is short or long each has its own specific character.
The colour is the decisive factor in determining what kind of cachaça you are sampling. It may be that a cachaça has been matured in wood casks for a year, without having changed its colour. In this case it would still be a classic cachaça.
In addition, a well crafted cachaça is stored for at least three months before being bottled. Because of this the cachaças lose some of their original temperament and are considerably milder. This does not occur with industrial cachaças.
The creation of artisanal cachaça is both a labor intensive and demanding process, but it is pure Brazilian passion in a bottle. Cachaça is an ancient tradition that is inextricably linked to the Brazilian culture. First created in the 16th Century, it is now more alive than ever, and we invite you to try the bafo-de-tigre (the breath of the tiger). Or maybe you will prefer the água que passarinho não bebe (water that a bird refuses to drink)? The choice is yours. Whatever your choice, our cachaça offers you the chance to taste the genuine spirit of Brazil!
We have asked the best cachaça producers to share their secrets with us, so that we can bring a piece of Brazil to Europe. Do you hear the music? Close your eyes and enjoy the sunbeams dancing on your face .......