January 31, 2007

Cuca Fresca Cachaca Review

Cuca Fresca CachacasCuca Fresca Cachaca
Sugar Cane Rum Imported from Brazil
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $20 per 750ml for Silver
About $25 per 750ml for Pura Gold

We've been sitting on our review of Cuca Fresca for a little while, mainly just because we haven't had the time to dedicate to writing it up. We've finally gotten our acts together, and jotted down our thoughts on both the silver and gold expressions of their Cachaca. We know you've been waiting with bated breath, so go to town.

Cuca Fresca Silver Cachaca
The bottle is tall and slender, pretty delicate looking. Ours came with a little wooden swizzle stick stuck to the bottle - a cool little parrot thing. The Cachaca itself is clear like a vodka.

Right off the bat we got a very strong whiff of fresh sugar cane, or how we assume sugar cane smells. We've found that most Cachacas smell either like rum or like tequila, and this one swings on the rummy side. We liked what we smelled.

Sipped straight, Cuca Fresca is still rummy, and without the bitterness we've encountered in a lot of the Cachacas we've tried. It's got a nice mouth feel, and has the typical oily start with a dry finish we like. We liked it in caipirinhas, and we didn't mix any other drinks but we thought it would mix well in other fruity and tropical drinks.

We don't want to tip our hand on our review of the Gold, but we like the silver better. We typically like our liquor aged, but the silver Cuca Fresca has a fresher taste that really appealed to the Liquor Snob Interns.

Cuca Fresca Pura Gold Cachaca
The Gold bottle is very similar to the Silver, with an overall look that's pretty much the same. The Cachaca itself is a very pale gold, much less golden than we might have expected. It looks like a very pale Scotch, and doesn't give the impression that it has been given a deeper color through artificial means, which we like.

Not quite as bright as the Silver, but it still maintains the whiff of rum. It smells sweet and for some reason it makes us think of coconuts - it definitely keeps up the tropical vibe and makes us want to visit Brazil.

The Pura Gold's taste is a bit muted compared to the Silver, as the aging process takes away some of the youthful exuberance and replaces it with experience. The Gold is less aggressive, and has a more complex taste than the Silver - one intern said it made her caipirinha taste "smokey," which is most likely a result of the aging process.

Still tasty, but the Silver wins by a nose. Maybe we're crazy, but part of what we like about Cachaca is the White Lightning aspect - we think of it as the moonshine of the rum family. The aging process takes away some of that immediacy, but it's still worth trying.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 31, 2007 7:19 AM
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