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
219903
Sagatiba
Preciosa Cachaça
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219902
Sagatiba
Envelhecida Cachaça
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202309
Sagatiba
Velha Cachaça
Pale golden silver color. Robust aromas of caramel soufflé, dried fruity, praline and leather with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus custard, grass, mineral and pepper finish. Excellent complexity and vibrancy that will mix brilliantly in cocktails.
94 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213041
Capucana
Handcrafted Cachaça
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217699
Batista
Prata
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202308
Sagatiba
Pura Cachaça
Clear. Bold earthy aromas of wet straw, bamboo, geranium talc, and beeswax candle with faint fuel like minerality. Silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, banana leaf, and wet stone finish. A great combination of earthiness and elegance that will create distinctive cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208720
Soul
Premium Cachaça
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217700
Batista
Ouro
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213118
CanaRío
Cachaca
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206824
Ypióca
Ouro Cachaça
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab