June 28, 2007

Boca Loca Cachaca Review

We have to say we feel like we're becoming pretty good at comparing Cachacas (y'know, that Brazilian rum we keep talking about?) after having sampled several different brands in the last year. We've had our bottle of Boca Loca for a little while now, and we've finally gotten around to trying it in earnest. After checking out the Boca Loca site, we found the company offers guidelines for how to recognize a quality Cachaca. Our first thought was to wish we'd seen that info a year ago; our second thought was to see how Boca Loca stands up to its own quality guidelines - after all, it's sold as a premium product.

So how did the Cachaca live up to its recommendations? Read on to find out.

Boca Loca
Premium Cachaca (Sugar Cane Rum)
Imported from Brazil
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $20 for 750ML

Below is information we pulled from the About Boca Loca page of their site, followed by our comments.

How Can You tell A Good Cachaca From a Bad One?

Of course the quality of Cachaca will depend on the brand. To judge the quality of your favorite Cachaca use the following tests, just as a Brasilian Cachaca connoisseur would:

1. Hold the bottle up to the light. Quality Cachaca is clear and without impurities.

2. Shake the bottle. The froth and bubbles should disappear in less than 30 seconds.

3. (This one is tricky unless you can try it before you buy) When poured slowly down the sides of a glass, it should appear like fine oil.

4. Check the aroma of the Cachaca in a glass or on the palm of your hand. If it does not smell like sugar cane, it probably is not a good Cacha├ža.

5. Request to taste the Cachaca before you buy it. If you sense a burning sensation in your mouth or on the back of your throat, it is of poor quality.

1. Hold the bottle up to the light - Boca Loca did fine on this account; the liquor was perfectly clear and without any floaties in it.

2. Shake the bottle - They did fine here as well, with the bubbles mostly disappearing before the fifteen count and all gone before 20.

3. Appearance of fine oil - Boca Loca left some pretty good legs along the inside of the glass, without the wateriness we've seen in some other liquors.

4. Check the aroma - The smell was clean and sweet, with the sugary undertones we look for. There wasn't the jet fuel aspect we've encountered on occasion, where you feel like your nose hair is melting. Overall very pleasant.

5. Request to taste - The taste had the sweetness we're looking for in Cachaca. It also had the tropical vibe and overall tastiness we like. More on the rummy side than the tequila vibe we've gotten some others we like - all in all we enjoyed it.

Our Verdict - We guess it's no surprise they live up to their own expectations, but overall we think Boca Loca is a respectable entrant among the Cachacas we've had.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 28, 2007 11:48 AM
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