The Iconic Spirits Blog

Cachaca

January 16, 2013

Tags: cachaca, leblon

Many Americans are unaware of cachaša even though it is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. An astonishing 175 million cases are produced each year, but most of it is consumed within the country; while no more than 10% is exported, the better versions are starting to turn up regularly in our bars and restaurants.

Cachaša is sometimes described as Brazilian rum. This is roughly true, since it is made from the juice of fresh sugar cane that is first fermented and then distilled. Some rums are made that way, but the majority are produced from molasses, a process which is cheaper and quicker. In both cases a clear distillate comes off the still, and may then be put into oak barrels for aging. Like rum, most cachaša is mass-produced in column stills, and the more interesting ones are hand-crafted in copper pot stills. (more…)