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Brazil expects a boom in sales of its unique sugar cane liquor ‘cachaca’

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 - 09:04 UTC
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Brazil’s ‘cachaca’ the world's fourth most-produced distilled spirit, but little known abroad, except as an ingredient in popular cocktails like caipirinhas is about to change when the US recognizes the sugar cane liquor as a distinctive Brazilian product. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    Tried it once after buying a bottle in Lidls. Sorry, but it just tasted like firewater and ended up down the sink as nobody could drink it !

    May 07th, 2013 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito


    May 07th, 2013 - 07:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Maybe, but it was only fit for paintstripper.
    In my time - long ago - when I was an Excise Officer in Scotch Whisky Distilleries, I have tried neat spirit at 86% alcohol direct from a Malt whisky still. An interesting reaction. I thought my nose was going to explode.
    Anyone I gave some cachaca to couldn't drink it. Maybe we did not get the real stuff or maybe it's only for South Americans. They also have a similar drink in the Seychelles and again it went down the drain.
    As the French say “chacun a son goute”- could not find an u with a circumflex !
    I have also tried grappa in Greece and that is equally foul. I am sure the alcohol content will do the job

    May 07th, 2013 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    By the sounds of it you couldn't even mix it with gasoline without damaging your engine.

    Usual crap and they have the audacity to compare it with Champagne (grape), cognac (grape: and I bet the French are really pissed at learning that little 'puff') and whiskey (grain).

    It sounds to me like this guy should be the new finance minister he knows as much as Mantega.

    I thought Dilma wanted the cane ethynol to take off?

    May 07th, 2013 - 09:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Congratulations to President Dilma Rousseff for her successful efforts.

    I would suggest to our readers here that a Caipirinha is an excellent cocktail. I would also suggest that it be made using Yipioca, or some other good brand of Cachaca. 51 is the cheapest of the cheap, selling for R$ 5.00 in a large plastic bottle at any supermarket.

    May 08th, 2013 - 02:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I am sure you are right. Cachaza is best not drunk on its own. As Botinho says above it is best in cocktails. I don't drink caipirinha anymore, but it is a great summer party drink.

    Botinho, are there any aged cachazas? I am sure there must be, although maybe they are marketed as aged rum.

    In Chile, pisco (similar to Grappa) used to go from the distillery to the bottle, but in recent years as the domestic market has become more sophisticated there are an increasing amount of aged piscos.

    May 08th, 2013 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    The closest relative aside from rum is grain alcohol, but far too strong for my taste, but made into caipirinhasis an absolutely delicious cocktail.

    May 08th, 2013 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LatAm

    There are many aged cachacas and they are very good to drink neat. Anything sold in Lidl will be firewater like 51. And there are some cheaper ones that are much better and smoother like Velho Barreiro and Sagatiba. Currently the only place to get the good quality cachacas is in Brazil- state of Minas Gerais produces many of them.

    May 09th, 2013 - 12:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    Ola Condorito;

    Claro que si !
    Of course there are many good aged Cachaca selections. In addition to standard Ypioca, there is a 20, 50, and a 100 year aged bottling. LatAm has also named a few good selections from MG.

    For the better brand marques, your comparison to Grappa is quite accurate. Better Cachaca will begin to turn a soft amber colour with age.

    May 09th, 2013 - 03:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • B2Brazil

    For businesses that want to buy cachaça, there are many Brazilian distillers that sell internationally. And most of these distillers either sell their own brand or will sell a “white label” for their clients. Brazilian cachaça distillers can be found using, Brazils top B2B trade portal. contains over 20 cachaça distillers, many of which will produce “white label” productions for their clients’ brands. As global taste and demand for cachaça grows, the future for cachaça is bright.

    May 09th, 2013 - 02:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    8,9,10: thanks for the info. I am going to look out some 20 year cachaza and give it a try.

    May 09th, 2013 - 07:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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