Cachaça comes in two variants: classic and matured
The classic is the caipirinha rum and it is easily recognized by its white colour - classic cachaça is crystal clear - and little or no maturation takes place in this process. The cane juice is distilled and bottled not long after fermentation, making the sugarcane flavour very intense with a sharp taste, hence the reason it is commonly used in cocktails. Brazilians drink classic cachaça's neat, but the strong and sharp sugarcane taste will take time for the novice to become accustomed to. If you want to drink it neat, it is better to start with the matured cachaça's, because they are softer and milder on the palate. Matured cachaça can be identified by its caramel or yellowish colour.