10 Fiery Cachaça Brands For Sipping & Caipirinha’s


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Often confused with rum, cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-suh) is Brazil’s national spirit made from distilled sugarcane juice. The best cachaça brands range from fiery unaged (branca or prata) varieties to the more flavoursome aged (amarela or ouro). 

Cachaça can be sipped neat or as the foundation of Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha; a simple yet feisty combination of cachaça, lime, and sugar. Let’s get acquainted with this fiery spirit whose nicknames are abre-coração (heart-opener) and bafo-de-tigre (tiger breath).

Best Cachaça Brands

I’ve selected 10 of the best cachaça brands perfect for sipping neat or the foundation of an unforgettable caipirinha cocktail.

1. Cachaca 51 Pirassununga

Cachaca 51 Pirassununga
Credit: Companhia Muller de Bebidas

Overview

  • Distiller: Companhia Muller de Bebidas
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Cachaça 51 Pirassununga keeps it simple and is an unaged cachaça where yeast goes to work, fermenting sugarcane juice and water. This heavenly mixture is then distilled in stainless steel columns to produce a tasty, clear cachaça.

Guilherme Müller Filho founded a company that still bears his name in the city of Pirassununga, São Paulo state, in 1959. This company has been turning out quality cachaça and soon became one of the most popular and best-selling cachaça brands worldwide.

Taste Notes

Notes of seaweed and freshly-mown grass mingle with vanilla, black pepper, and lemon. Moderately bitter with a slight sweetness, continuing in the aftertaste, which is somewhat harsh.

Best Served

Cachaça 51 Pirassununga is best served as a caipirinha with lime wedges or a Lemon Beat cocktail- Cachaça, fresh lemon juice and honey.

Pricing & Info

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2. Velho Barreiro Cachaca

Velho Barreiro Cachaca
Credit: Velho Barreiro

Overview

  • Distiller: Velho Barreiro
  • ABV: 39% (78 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Velho Barreiro Cachaça is a traditional cachaça made from fermented sugarcane juice and water, an marketed as an unaged, prata cachaça. Nevertheless, they age it for a year in Jequitibá-rosa wooden barrels.

Founded in 1909 in a suburb of São Paulo, Indústrias Reunidas de Bebidas Tatuzinho has long been a leading Brazilian distiller of spirits. They launched this cachaça in 1975, and it quickly grew to become one of Brazil’s favourites.

Taste Notes

Slightly sweet, with caramelized banana and brown sugar mingling with cumin and black pepper. The aftertaste is long and vegetal, with hints of sugar and pepper.

Best Served

Velho Barreiro Cachaça is best served in any type of fruit-based cocktail and, of course, in the traditional caipirinha with lime wedges. Also, try it in a cachaça mojito.

Pricing & Info

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3. Leblon Cachaça

Leblon Cachaça
Credit: Leblon

Overview

  • Distiller: Leblon
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Leblon Cachaça is an unaged, or branca cachaça, made from fermented sugarcane juice and water, distilled in a copper still in small batches. It is then aged for up to six months in oak barrels previously used for cognac.

Launched in 2005, Leblon is a craft distiller of cachaça located in Minas Gerais state. The brand takes its name from Leblon Beach in Rio de Janeiro and focuses on quality in its cachaça.

Taste Notes

A fresh, light, and grassy cachaça with smooth sweetness and mild spice. The finish is grassy and pleasantly lingering.

Best Served

Even Leblon themselves recommend serving Leblon Cachaça as a traditional Caipirinha. However, have you tried their Pineapple Mint Caipirinha recipe?

Pricing & Info

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4. Abelha 3 Year Old Gold Organic Cachaça

Abelha 3 Year Old Gold Organic Cachaça
Credit: Abelha

Overview

  • Distiller: Abelha
  • ABV: 38% (76 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Pale Gold

Review

Abelha 3 Year Old Gold Organic Cachaça is an ouro or aged cachaça produced from organically-grown sugarcane. The cane juice is mixed with water, fermented, distilled and then aged for three years in small barrels made of garapeira wood.

A partnership between Brits passionate about cachaça and local farmer Marcos Vaccaro, Abelha cachaça is produced in the town of Rio de Contas in Bahia state from organically-grown sugarcane.

Taste Notes

Sour citrus notes are balanced with honey and black pepper overtones. The finish is smooth and slightly dry, with hints of oak and cedar from the garapeira wood.

Best Served

Abelha 3 Year Old Gold Organic Cachaça is so smooth that it is best served just below room temperature and sipped neat.

Pricing & Info

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5. Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaca

Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaca
Credit: Novo Fogo

Overview

  • Distiller: Novo Fogo
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça is an aged, or ouro cachaça that is aged for two to three years in American oak bourbon barrels. The barrels have been carefully dismantled, sanded, and re-toasted.

Novo Fogo cachaça is produced in Morretes, in the state of Paraná, a town with a long history of cachaça production. It is made from certified organic sugarcane cultivated in the Serra do Mar rainforest ecosystem.

Taste Notes

Dry grassy notes with toasted oak and coconut, vanilla and black pepper overtones. Aftertaste dry, toasted oak with notes of banana bread and coffee.

Best Served

With its unique complexity, Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça is best sipped neat. Also, try it as the base for a tasty Caipirinha or Caveira Cocktail.

Pricing & Info

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6. Yaguara Cachaça

Yaguara Cachaça
Credit: Yaguara

Overview

  • Distiller: Yaguara
  • ABV: 41.4% (83 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Yaguara cachaça is also produced from organically-grown hand-cut sugarcane by the fifth generation of the Menaghel family, using cultivated local yeasts.

An unaged or branca cachaça, Yaguara, is produced by fermenting and distilling organic sugarcane juice. This cachaça is rested for 10 months before master distiller Erwin Weimann carefully blends it with a 6-year-old cachaça aged in oak barrels.

Taste Notes

Opens with intense grassy and lemongrass notes before giving way to lime, white pepper, and flint. The finish is grassy with hints of ginger and sugar cane.

Best Served

Yaguara themselves recommend their cachaça is best served as a traditional caipirinha; who am I to argue? 

Pricing & Info

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7. Capucana Cachaca

Capucana Cachaca
Credit: CapuCana

Overview

  • Distiller: CapuCana
  • ABV: 42% (84 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Capucana Cachaça is an aged, or ouro cachaça using three different varieties of sugarcane. It is fermented, distilled, and aged for three years in ex-bourbon oak barrels.

If that’s not enough to entice you, this cachaça is then further aged on the island of Islay alongside barrels of peaty Scotch.

Founded in 1886 by Danish immigrant Christiano Matthiessen, Capucana Cachaça is distilled in Piracicaba near São Paulo. The company is committed to sustainability.

Taste Notes

Grassy and unusually rum-like cachaça with notes of aloe vera, stewed fruit, and vanilla, with a creamy, floral, citrus zest aftertaste. Complex and full of character.

Best Served

Similar to an aged tequila or rum, I found the best way to enjoy Capucana Cachaça is slowly sipped neat. It also makes a tasty caipirinha with a fruity twist. Pairs well with a crisp Mexican beer too!

Pricing & Info

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8. Sagatiba Cristalina Cachaca Pura

Sagatiba Cristalina Cachaca Pura
Credit: Sagatiba

Overview

  • Distiller: Sagatiba
  • ABV: 38% (76 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Sagatiba Cristalina Cachaça Pura is an unaged or plata cachaça made from high-quality sugarcane. It is fermented and then distilled up to five times for an ultra-smooth and crisp Cachaça.

Sagatiba is an ultra-premium cachaça from São Paulo, launched in 2004. It is an exceptionally smooth cachaça perfect for mixing into any rum-based cocktail.

Taste Notes

Fresh mint notes and black pepper on the open. Mid-palate reveals caramelized pear with a spicy, faintly vegetal/bready twist. The finish is clean, crisp and smooth.

Best Served

Sagatiba Cristalina Cachaça Pura is best served as the base for any traditional cachaça cocktail such as the caipirinha or batida.

Pricing & Info

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9. Avuá Cachaca Amburana

Avuá Cachaca Amburana
Credit: Avuá

Overview

  • Distiller: Avuá
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Pale Gold

Review

Avuá Amburana Cachaça is an aged or ouro cachaça made from the juice of hand cut sugarcane. It is fermented, distilled, and then aged for two years in wooden barrels, imparting black-cherry and spicy caraway notes (for an aquavit vibe).

The brainchild of two New York entrepreneurs, Avuá as a brand only dates to 2009, although the family-owned distillery where it is made, north of Rio de Janeiro, dates back to 1923.

Taste Notes

Initially grassy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla notes, leading to an overripe banana and black cherry mid-palate with vague overtones of oak. Finish spicy, with lingering wood.

Best Served

Avuá Amburana Cachaça is best served as a Pan Am cocktail; Mix 2oz Avuá Amburana, 1oz Curaçao, 1oz Dry vermouth, Orange bitters, stirred with an Orange twist.

Pricing & Info

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10. Original Pitú do Brasil Cachaça

Original Pitú do Brasil Cachaça
Credit: Pitú do Brasil

Overview

  • Distiller: Pitú
  • ABV: 38% (76 Proof)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Clear

Review

Pitú Silver Cachaça is an unaged, or branca cachaça made from fermented and distilled sugarcane grown in the massapê soil of Pernambuco.

The Pitú brand, named after the Pitú prawns in their nearby stream, was launched in 1938 in Vitòria des Santa Antao, Pernambuco state. This 5th generation family business is committed to sustainability and are Green Seal Gold certified.

Taste Notes

Clean and crisp with initial smokiness leads to fresh grass, black pepper, and a hint of saltiness. The finish is long, semi-sweet and buttery with a faint woodiness.

Best Served

Pitú recommends their silver cachaça is best served neat (ice cold) or as the base for a punchy and smoky caipirinha cocktail.

Pricing & Info

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Andrew’s Top Pick

best cachaça for sipping or caipirinha

Capucana Cachaça

My top pick is Capucana Cachaça because its incredily versitile. You get the unmistakable cachaça grassiness when sipped neat, plus the addition of aloe vera and stewed fruit. The vanilla and citrus zest shine through when used in a caipirinha cocktail.

Cachaça Q&A

What Is Cachaça?

Cachaça is a spirit made from fermented and distilled sugarcane juice rather than molasses, such as rum. It became Brazil’s dominant spirit due to the massive quantities of sugarcane grown since the early colonial days.

How Is Cachaça Made?

Sugarcane juice is extracted from the cane using rollers, blended with water, and fermented using yeast for 24 to 72 hours. The cachaça is then distilled and either bottled right away or aged in wooden barrels. The alcohol by volume must be between 38% and 48%.

What Does Cachaça Taste Like?

Cachaça tastes crisp, grassy and slightly vegetal, with a hint of sweetness similar to tequila. Aged cachaças also take on the flavour of the wooden barrels they’re aged in, imparting distinctive fruity or spicy notes.

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe

Steve The Barman knows a thing or two about mixing a caipirinha, check out his video:

  • Pour a double shot (50ml/ 2.4 fl. oz) of cachaça into a glass
  • Add 2tsp of brown sugar
  • Add 1 juicy lime cut into 4 wedges
  • Gently crush/muddle
  • Fill the glass with semi-crushed ice
  • Stir & enjoy

Conclusion

It should be pretty apparent that cachaça is a lot more than just ‘Brazilian rum’ and is a complex spirit that will reward exploration. Enjoy aged cachaças neat, or mix this fascinating spirit into a classic caipirinha or one of the many emerging cachaça-based cocktails.

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