Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Rise of Cachaça

A mighty wave of Brazilian Cachaça is hitting the shores of the U.S. Long mainly just a drink of Brazil, Cachaça is making inroads in other countries, including the U.S.

I have talked about Cachaça before, including about one of my favorites, Beija Cachaça. Well Cachaca has now hit the pages of Business Week. There is an interesting article, The Next Tequila, that talks about the growing popularity of Cachaça.

Germany currently imports the most amount of Cachaça from Brazil but it is catching on in the U.S. In 2006, over 65,000 nine-liter cases of Cachaça were sold in the U.S., a 63% increase from 2005. This is still a mere pittance when compared to something like Tequila, where the U.S. imported over 9 million cases.

If you want to be in on the cutting edge of alcohol and spirits, then maybe you should try some Cachaça. And if you are local, seek out Beija, which is perfect just on the rocks or in a cocktail.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you are interested in checking out cachaca, I would also try some of these. They were just rated by the trustworthy Beverage Testing Institute and full taste profiles are available on www.tastings.com:

UNAGED CACHACA
90. Cuca Fresca Premium Cachaca. Gold Medal

88. Boca Loca Cachaca. Silver Medal

88. Moleca Silver Cachaca. Silver Medal

87. Beleza Pura Super Premium Cachaca. Silver Medal

84. Cabana Cachaca. Bronze Medal

81. Cachaca 51. Bronze Medal


WOOD AGED CACHACA
92. Cuca Fresca Pura Gold Cachaca. Gold Medal

92. Leblon. Gold Medal

91. Fazenda Mae De Ouro. Gold Medal

89. Ypioca Cachaca Ouro. Silver Medal

89. Ypioca Cachaca Prata. Silver Medal

89. Moleca Gold Cachaca. Silver Medal

88. Ypioca Cachaca. Silver Medal

WineCompass said...

I agree with the list above - the Moleca Gold and Ypioca are excellent - either neat or with a little ice. At this year's South Beach festival the Moleca reps made incredible drinks mixing their silver with mint and lime like a mohito or in the traditional Caipirinha.