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Cabana Cachaça


By Robert Plotkin

Mark my words; the day will come when every brand of cachaça claims they're "just as good as Cabana." Don't be fooled, because there are two irrefutable reasons it can't be true. First, cachaça can't be handcrafted any more skillfully or produced to yield a higher quality, better tasting spirit than Cabana Cachaça. It's not possible. Secondly, trailblazing Cabana isn't just good it's world-class great.

Cachaça (kah-SHAH-sah) is the national spirit of Brazil. In fact, it's the oldest spirit in the Americas and the third most distilled spirit with 30,000 brands existing worldwide. While still a somewhat unknown commodity in this country, several industry sources calculate that cachaça is the fastest growing spirits category in the United States. Rest assured, sales of cachaça will continue trending upwards with Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Like the nightlife in Rio de Janeiro, cachaça is hot.

Super-premium Cabana is produced at Sucuriú Indústria, a small-batch artisanal distillery located just outside of Sao Paulo. The cachaça is made from freshly pressed, estate-grown sugarcane, the only brand crafted from hand-cut sugarcane grown specifically for that purpose. Cabana is also unique among cachaças in that it's double-distilled in copper pot stills—not in large capacity, industrial continuous stills. Small batch distillation ensures that only the choicest, highest quality portion of the production run is used.

Another significant point of differentiation between Cabana and the competition is that it's matured for six months in native Jequitiba Rosa wood barrels, then diluted to proof with spring water and returned to the barrel for an additional three months of aging. The brand is estate-bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Award-winning Cabana makes a brilliant first impression. The cachaça has a shimmery, crystal clear appearance, a viscous medium-weight body and a fresh, lively bouquet brimming with the aromas of lime zest, bananas and semisweet lemongrass. The spirit immediately bathes the palate with a delicious assortment of black pepper, tangy citrus, honey and dried fruit. The extended finish is warm—not hot—and laced with spice and anise. Few white spirits can compare to its breadth of character.

One of the keys to successfully marketing cachaça is looking beyond its most famous application, the Caipirinha. As good as the drink is, a luxurious spirit like Cabana has unlimited creative potential behind the bar. It's ideally suited for use in Daiquiris, Gimlets, Cosmopolitans, Coladas and Mojitos. At a recent competition, the cachaça was showcased in the winning entry called the Spicy Secreto. The sultry cocktail featured Cabana, St-Germain, fresh lime sour, jalapeño, red chili powder and a cucumber sushi roll garnish. Now there's an example of thinking outside of the box.

Someday there may be a cachaça that comes close to possessing Cabana's amazing depth of flavor, tantalizing aromas and sensuous mouthfeel. Then again maybe not. So why wait?