About Brazilian Spirits

About Brazilian Spirits
The signature spirit of Brazil is cachaça (ca·sha·sa) which distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. There are two styles, unaged, which is bottled just after distillation, and aged, which is aged in American, Brazilian, or French oak barrels from three to twelve years; some of these aged versions are double distilled.

The best examples of cachaça offer flavors of banana, powdered sugar, coconut and pepper; some have a more rustic, fuel-like character. While some cachaças are enjoyed on their own, most are used to mix in cocktails, in particular Brazil’s national cocktail, The Caipirinha (kie-purr-REEN-yah), which is simply cachaça, sugar, and muddled lime.

Top Picks for Brazil

Sagatiba Preciosa Cachaça
98 points
$300
Medium amber color. Complex, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry pipe tobacco and white ash, honeyed fruit cake and fig bread, cedar cigar box, and spiced bananas and mango with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long roasted nuts and banana leaves, vanilla cola, sassafras and mint, exotic tropical fruit chutney, and leather and polished wood finish. A superb sipping cachaça that will be fantastic with cigars.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Spirits, 2017 Best Cachaça
Sagatiba Envelhecida Cachaça
95 points
Medium golden yellow color. Tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized bananas, toasted meringue, chestnut nougat, and nut oil with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long cane stalk and tobacco leaves, delicate spices, pepper, and minerals finish. An elegant and vibrant aged cachaça with great flavor, finesse, and versatility.
Capucana Handcrafted Cachaça
93 points
$36
Bright golden straw color. Lively, earthy, creamy aromas of creamy nougat, creme brulee, cedar incense, and aloe with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long grass, sugar cane, peppercorns, and plantain custard finish. A delicate, nuanced aged cachaça.
Batista Prata
90 points
$34.99
Clear color. Grassy, creamy aromas and flavors of sugar cane stalk and leaves, plantain, flan, and minerals with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long gravel, wheatgrass, and pepper and vanilla finish. A solid, well made cachaça that will mix nicely.
90 points $34.99
Soul Premium Cachaça
89 points
$24.99
Clear color. Interesting, mild aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, barnyard hay, and roasted agave with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, delightful, cheery finish with impressions of powdered sugar, coconut water, limestone, and clay pot. A solid, earthy cachaça for cream or hot cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Batista Ouro
88 points
$39.99
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of tar, lit tobacco, and burnt sugar with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length fuel, wet stones, and caramelized tropical fruits finish. A smoky, dusty cachaça for cigars and whisky cocktails.
88 points $39.99
CanaRío Cachaca
87 points
$21.99
clear color. Delicate, cheesy, citrusy savory vegetal aromas of vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, dried cherries, cane stalk, and menthol mint with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, rock candy, grass, and bamboo finish. A solid choice for caipirinhas and light rum cocktails.
87 points $21.99
Ypióca Ouro Cachaça
87 points
$27.99
Brassy golden amber color. Funky aromas and flavors of grilled whole plantains and nuts, fresh meringue, tamarind, and fuel-like minerals with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate spice, dried fruit, green tobacco leaf, and coal mine accented finish.
87 points $27.99
Cachaça 51 Cachaca 80 Proof
83 points
$19.99
Clear color. Delicate, grassy, earthy oily aromas of cane, vanilla candle, plain yogurt, and roasted peppers with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long diesel, overripe papaya and coconut, banana leaf, and sugar cane syrup finish. A earthy base for caipirinhas.
83 points $19.99