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Avuá(av-wah) Cachaça is a darn good cachaça. This is made even better and more unique in that it has been aged in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amburana wood. It tastes of cinnamon and "je ne sais quoi". It's nose is pleasantly spicy and almost tangy.
This is a very good cachaça (though I'm not a huge cachaça fan). It's like an agricole with a unique and interesting scent/flavor added in. I'm guessing that's the amburana aging, though I've never smelled amburana wood before. It's truly unique and therefore very difficult to describe, but it makes this a fun rum to try!
This is definitely the best Cachaça I've ever tried! I even prefer it to their oak Cachaça.
Really interesting stuff Has a lot of cinnamon and allspice notes, from the Amburana wood. The Amburana also gives it some sweetness, and makes it smooth. Use it in tiki cocktails that call for Martinique Rhum/Rhum Agricole, especially ones like Three Dots and a Dash, Last Rites, and the Donga Punch.
After reading all of the reviews for all of these artisan cachacas, I decided to go back to that liquor store and pick up their Amburana. Lucky for me, it was only $10 more than the Prata that I already have at home. They had the Tapinhoa, but it was almost twice the price of this $40 bottle.
Both the Amburana and Tapinhoa are Brazilian hardwoods that are endangered due to loss of habitat. Their website says that these hardwood casks were "commissioned". I don't know if that means using casks that have been around before these woods were declared endangered or whether it means environmental mitigation from replanting. At any rate, I was hesitant to buy something aged in endangered hardwood, but I figured that if I wanted to try authentic Brazilian, then this was my chance.
So what is the verdict in a side by side taste between the Prata and this Amburana? The Prata is at 84 proof and this one is at 80 proof. The Prata is crystal clear and this one is pale yellow. The aromas of both are hard to tell apart. The Amburana smooths out much of the hogo funk and also has less of a burn at the end. Is the Amburana worth the extra $10 plus being very hard to find? I think so. On an after note, the strong smell of cinnamon and exotic tropical hardwood came from my empty glass the next morning. Maybe the other flavors obliterate these more exotic flavors while drinking it. I did buy another bottle of this one when my first one ran out.
Since this is my top rated cachaca from Avua, don't even dare to think of using it for caipirinhas. This is a fine neat sipper only!!!! The oak cask from Avua is right behind it in my overall rankings. Both are neat sippers only!
Not as sweet and a little heavier alcohol flavor up front that mellows. Big blast of cinnamon/allspice considering its not labeled a spiced rum. Might really shine in the right drink. Straight a little above average
I do like cachaca, but this just strikes me as another one of those creative cask expressions that didn't really work.
N- Big hits of golden raisin, followed by some sugar, raw egg and cinnamon.
P- More golden raisin along with tree sap and some vanilla
F- Some vegetal stuff finally comes out.
Immediately on smelling it, it's very apparent that it's different from the Prata. They have very little in common.
The noise is very interesting. Cinnamon, artificially flavored French toast, varnish, and—I kid you not—new disposable diapers. Super weird! Once I made that connection, there was no enjoyment to be had.
This stuff has potential, but IMO, it should be mixed away in something that can mask/counter the flavor.
I'd be interested in tasting other cachaças aged in Amburana wood to get a better sense of what it's adding to the distillate (as well as the Avua Oak for comparison). But so far, for my money, I'll go with the young, steel-rested distillate.
I didn't care for this avua offering, I found the amburana a tad too much for me. I like cacahaca, and appreciate the grass-like nature and woodiness it can attain, but this didn't work for me.