‘Hand crafted in small batches‘ it says on the bottle.
Clear colourless unaged cachaca from Brazil.
Quite a pronounced sugarcane grassiness on the nose.
Easy & oily mouthfeel.
Slowly warms the palate with a certain juiciness coming through.
Hints of peppery spice on the finish with a tasty tingling sensation rounding off this attractive spirit.
Available in Ireland from the Intrepid Spirits range.
Trying to find Cachaça in Ireland is pretty difficult.
The category is very thin on the ground – so I purchased one of the biggest sellers – Cachaça 51.
It’s a clear colourless spirit that should display the raw ingredients used in distillation – sugarcane juice – as it’s unaged.
Bit of grassiness, bit of youthfulness, some of that sweet & sour new make kind of thing going on.
Easy on the palate. Very mild mannered.
Rather short on the finish – but a touch of welcome warming reminds you this is strong spirit.
What flavours there are seem to be strongest on the nose.
A gentle inoffensive spirit rather devoid of any strong flavours – that would put some people off – making it an ideal base for cocktails.
Especially the Caipirinha – whose recipe features on the back label.
Just enough character to keep it entertaining.
Talk about a cultural mish-mash!
Tequila from Mexico, Guarana & Cachaca from Brazil, licenced in the Netherlands, made in Poland & sold in Ireland – where it seems to have cornered the market as it’s everywhere!
Sadly the drinking experience leaves a little to be desired.
More a chemical concoction than Cachaca cutey.
Sweeter than the Original – & obviously redder – I’m not sure how many fresh natural ingredients graced this beer.
But as it’s the only Tequila, Guarana & Cachaca beer in town – I had to give it a go.
Until recently I wouldn’t have known much about this distilled spirit.
Geographically Protected (GI) to Brazil, made using sugarcane juice and according to some sources – the 3rd biggest selling spirits category in the world.
Being National Cachaça Day on the 13th September – I was keen to explore.
Nêga Fulô Carvalho is made by Fazenda Soledade Ind De Bedibas near Rio.
Pale straw in colour – suggesting some ageing in wooden casks.
Those distinctive fresh grassy notes of sugarcane juice distillation are evident on the nose.
A smooth, sweet & gentle palate displaying freshness & vitality slowly develops a warming heat.
Touches of soft prickly spiciness enliven the finish which slowly fades away with tropical juiciness.
A very pleasant & easy introduction into the world of Cachaça – the spirit of Brazil.
My own journey into spirits based books took a bit of a stumble with this publication.
I found it more of a literary exploration of the customs, traditions & folklore of Brazil via a personal & rather introspective viewpoint making for a mystical – & at times magical – travel tale.
But there is no Brazilian Tequila.
Tequila is a geographically protected (GI) term for the spirit made in Mexico from the Agave plant.
Brazil has it’s own GI spirit – Cachaca – of which quite a lot is consumed by the characters of this tale.
The Brazilian Tequila in question arises as a joke by the doctor tasked to remove parasitic worms from the narrator’s feet.
Kind of takes ‘Experience Brazil’ to a new level.