January 25, 2007

Frisco Fish Cachaca Review

Frisco Fish Silver & GoldFrisco Fish Cachaca
Sugar Cane Rum Imported from Brazil
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price:
About $15 per 750ml for Silver
About $17 for Gold
Currently available in Texas

We've really been getting into Cachaca lately, which isn't a surprise considering how much we've always liked Rum and they're sort of like distant cousins. In fact, we dig the drink so much we've even started a new Cachaca category so you can check out our coverage of this relatively new liquor to enter our lives.

The latest item on our chopping block is Frisco Fish, a triple-distilled Cachaca that is imported by a company down in Texas. It comes in two varieties - the silver, which is bottled immediately after distillation, and the gold, which is aged for at least a year in oak barrels before bottling. We're starting to see more "gold" Cachaca around lately, and we've been interested in trying them out.

As a little bonus, we've got a few ads that will put some cheesecake in your Caipirinhas; scroll to the bottom of the review to check them out. We have to say the Frisco Fish folks know how to get us interested in their product.

Frisco Fish Silver Cachaca
With its somewhat squat and rounded bottle, Frisco Fish Silver stands out among the other Cachacas we've seen, which usually stick with tall, slender bottles. The Cachaca itself lives up to its silver name, and is completely clear in the bottle and in the glass.

The nose is not quite as sweet as some Cachacas we've tried, with a dry nose that lingers somewhere between a white rum and a white tequila.

When we tried it straight, we were not surprised that this Cachaca maintains its dry edge, but with a bit of oil on our tongues at the end. It has a flavor like caramel or burnt sugar, with a very slightly bitter aftertaste. In a Caipirinha, the flavor mixed well with the lime and sugar and made for a tasty drink, and we found it to be a good stand in for our favorite white rum.

All in all, Frisco Fish Silver reminds us quite a bit of the nicer white rums we've tried. It doesn't have the tropical sweetness of some other Cachacas we've tried, but it has a nice refreshing taste that's very mixable. It's tasty, it makes a good Caipirinha, and we really liked the price. If you can get your hands on a bottle, we recommend you give it a try.

Frisco Fish Gold Cachaca
The Frisco Fish Gold comes in the same bottle as the silver, and once again we liked the bottling. The Cachaca itself shows a deep yellow amber color more reminiscent of gold tequilas we've seen than rum.

The Gold has a sweeter nose than its Silver counterpart, which probably has something to do with the aging. The smell is more pronounced, and all we can say is it seems to have a bit more character. We guess that's what happens when you age.

The Gold is far sweeter than the silver, and doesn't produce the same burn on your tongue. There is the same dryness on your tongue after you swallow, but it's much more mellow. The flavor isn't all that complex, but it's tasty and straightforward without being overwhelming. We think its biggest strength is as a component of mixed drinks, but we can envision sipping this one on the rocks with a twist of lime.

Once again, we liked Frisco Fish Gold, and it was a nice surprise since we hadn't been exposed to Gold Cachaca yet. All in all it reminded us of a blend of a light brown rum and a nice light tequila, and while this sounds like a strange combination, but it was tasty. We liked the slightly smoky taste it added to our Caipirinhas, and we liked it in mixed drinks, including the Fish Margarita we whipped up. Plus, once again you can't go wrong for the price.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 25, 2007 7:18 AM
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I believe Frisco Fish is triple-filtered, not triple-distilled. A pretty big difference. What a strange name too. Also agree 100% about the ads - tasteless.

Posted by: John Avery at March 29, 2007 7:53 AM

The Frisco cachaça can be an acceptable product, but the adds… wow… I have never seen such a so bad stereotype of Brazil than this one…

That country is much more than hot women and easy sex.

They could use some better subject for the adds.

Posted by: Jacob News at January 30, 2007 12:10 PM
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