CACHAÇA / BRAZIL
WHAT IS CACHAÇA?
Cachaça, a distilled spirit produced from the fermented juice of sugar cane, is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Brazil. It is the main ingredient for the famous Caipirinha, where muddled lime, ice cubes and sugar are added to cachaça, creating a refreshing, tasteful and unforgettable drink.
Aged cachaças come in shades ranging from gold to amber and deserve to be sipped, like a fine tequila or single malt Scotch. In Brazil, artisan cachaças sell anywhere between $15 to $400 per bottle. Today, many handcrafted, artisan cachaças are available in the U.S. market. These cachaças are wood-aged for 2-16 years, with earthy flavors similar to tequila and aromas of balsam, cinnamon and oak. The yellow cachaças are usually aged inside wooden barrels.[http://www.cocktailtimes.com/dictionary/cachacas.shtml]