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

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça
95 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black olive tapenade, dried grasses, grilled tomato, raisin toast, and ripe papaya with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish conveying elements of salty pao de queijo, black bean spread, and grilled pineapple finish. A round and supple Cachaca with extroverted vegetal notes and exceptional texture; for spirits connoisseurs and fine cocktails.
95 points $29.99
Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
92 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of Kentucky bourbon, toffee, glazed nuts, dried figs, leather, and sarsaparilla with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, elaborate, very long dried grasses, grilled veggies, pressed flowers, honey, apricot chutney, and hot cinnamon candies finish. A bold, traveling journey of a Cachaca that offers a powerful and energetic flavor experience; the bourbon-lover’s cane spirit.
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.
Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça
90 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of poached pear, cinnamon-vanilla, green apple, brown butter, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, and sprouted grain biscuits with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long bruleed tangerine and paprika finish. A toasty Cachaca with well-balanced oak; bright, craveable flavors will keep you coming back for another sip.
90 points $34.99
Pitú Gold Cachaça
89 points
Gold color. Aromas of bison grass, fresh tarragon, honey, caramelized plantains, black olives, lavender, and toasty biscuit with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long hot cinnamon candies, golden apple, spiced peach chutney, and maple glazed bacon finish. A smooth and spicy Wood Aged Cachaca best for sipping neat or in stirred cocktails; distinctive and conversation-worthy.
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