About South American Spirits from Brazil

About South American Spirits from Brazil
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

South American Spirits

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça
95 points
$29.99
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
Novo Fogo Bar Strength Silver Cachaca
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mango, juicy kiwi, cajeta, warm plantain, and matcha with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, complex, long finish imparting notes of grilled nuts. A complex, highly hedonic Cachaca with intricate layers of flavor.
Awards: 2021 Best Unaged Cachaca
93 points $24 Best Buy
Novo Fogo Chameleon Cachaça
93 points
$32.99
Light gold color. Aromas of grilled fig, heirloom apple, hints of orange peel, and cedar with a velvety, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long roasted pine nuts and hazelnuts, grilled citrus, endive, and whipped cream finish. A delicious Wood Aged Cachaca with bright grassy cane note coupled with creamy oak; a sophisticated treat on its own or in thoughtfully crafted cocktails.
Awards: 2021 Best Wood Aged Cachaca
93 points $32.99
Pitú Vitoriosa Wood Aged Cachaça
92 points
$120
Dark amber color. Aromas of cherries jubilee, rick house, root beer, straw, black tea, and orange sorbet with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cedar, incense, raisin bread, and cardamom finish. A wood-centric Cachaça with sweet vanilla notes; try in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan style cocktail.
Samanau Cachaça Envelhecida
92 points
$30
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
$34.99
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
$24
Gold color. Savory aromas of hoisin, mustard seed, grilled sweet plantain, sesame candies, honey, and cardamom with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long dressed bok choy, pineapple preserves, and pound cake finish. A savory and satisfying Wood Aged Cachaça for sipping and mixing.