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
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 finish revealing notes of 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 finish manifesting notes of cane stalk and tobacco leaves, delicate spices, pepper, and minerals finish. An elegant and vibrant aged cachaça with great flavor, finesse, and versatility.
Samanau Cachaça Envelhecida
92 points
Golden amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, cardamom, tonka beam, maple creme, shortbread, and dulce de leche with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish evoking notes of vanilla custard, lavender, coconut cream, and cashew finish. A creamy aged cachaça packed a spice cabinet of flavor; a great sipper with endless cocktail possibilities.
Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
91 points
Bright amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of brandied cherries, tangerine, dried banana, vanilla, espresso bean, zucchini blossom, and jasmine with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, subtle, long finish with touches of milk chocolate, buttercream, tobacco, black olives, and leather finish. Alluring cherry-vanilla aromas open up to a slightly savory palate filled with bourbon-like character balanced with savory nuance; a smooth and dreamy aged cachaça with great length.
McQueen & the Violet Fog Gin
87 points
Clear color. Citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, fresh cucumber, celery salt, pink peppercorn, cardamom, and juniper with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of bergamot finish. Candied citrus flavors shine in this fresh, bright, and balanced gin in a contemporary style.
87 points $35.99
Pitú Gold Cachaça
86 points
Gold color. Aromas of honeycrisp apples, nougat, butterscotch, and fresh herbs with a supple, bright, dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length green wood, wheat grass, toffee, and peppercorns finish. A piquant cachaça to add a spicy grassiness to craft cocktails.