February 3, 2014

Avua Cachaca - Small-batch Single estate-sourced Cachacas

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We received two samples recently of an amazing cachaca from a small batch single estate source - Avua Cachaca.  Avuá Cachaça Prata and Avuá Cachaça Amburana offer a glimpse into what we can safely call - excellent cachaca. Cachaca is often misclassified as ‘Brazilian rum’ by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and if you have a taste of these two cachacas you’ll know why. 

The two cachacas from Avua are created in two different ways resulting in two very different cachacas. They produce one unaged (Prata), one aged in Brazilian wood (Amburana) – that showcase the vibrancy, nuance and elegance of Brazil.                                                                                                                                                 

Distilled by one of Brazil’s only female distillers using a family recipe honed over three generations, Avuá Cachaça begins in the single-estate sugarcane fields of a small, family-owned farm situated in the rolling hills near Rio de Janeiro. The cane, composed of three specifically chosen varietals, is hand-cut, ground with a waterwheel, and fermented for less than 24 hours using airborne wild yeasts, before being distilled in a copper-crafted alembic still at the distillery located in a long, thin valley between the hills of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais states. 

  • Avuá Cachaça Prata (750ml / 42% ABV / $35.00) – Avuá’s silver cachaça is rested in steel tanks for six months before bottling. The result is a lush, crisp spirit with subtle floral notes perfect for creative variations on spirit-forward cocktails, such as the Negroni or Old Maid, or the famous classic peasant cocktail, the Caipirinha. Slightly bready on the nose with notes of mild lime and citrus, cinnamon and sarsaparilla, it has a clean finish and balanced structure.
  • Avuá Cachaça Amburana (750ml / 40% ABV / $50.00) – Matured for up to two years in casks made from Amburana wood – indigenous only to South America – this wood lends the aged cachaça warm, savory notes on the nose and the palate, ranging from nutmeg and honey to spice and basil. Top bartenders have been inspired to create spirit-forward, stirred cocktails with Amburana – such as those traditionally created with whiskies and aged rums; this aged cachaça is also ideal for sipping, in the vein of a cognac. 

We highly recommend you trying these both out as the flavors are unique and refined. 

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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 3, 2014 7:51 AM
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