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Tasty, but not quite great
Not bad, but not as good as other offerings. It's a higher price point too, so I'd go with any of the other bottles if you can.
This is a very good cachaça. I slightly prefer their Amburana aged to the oak aged; however, this is still one of the best cachaças I've had.
I'm not a huge cachaça fan, which is why my score isn't a lot higher, but this is definitely one of the best cachaças!
Like rhum agricole, the similarly fermented and distilled artisan cachacas from Brazil are an acquired taste for most rum drinkers because they are made from cane juice instead of molasses. If one begins exploring the industrial cachacas first, you may never want to look at them again. These artisan cachacas process the cane juice within only a few hours instead of allowing it to ripen in the hot tropical sun. I have come to respect Avua for it's line of artisan cachacas.
I finally saw this one aged for two years in French Oak at one of my favorite liquor stores today. For only $40, it was a no brainer to bring home. My guess is that the French oak casks have not been charred like the American oak ones used for bourbons.
This one is a great place for any newbies to cachaca to start because the oak mellows out the vegetal and floral notes of the original unaged cachaca without adding woody flavors. From the nose to the after taste, it is just pleasant all around. It may lack complex flavors, but it's greatness lies in it's perfect simplicity. It is almost as good as their other one aged in Amburana casks, but that one is more of an acquired taste due to the exotic favors of that Brazilian hardwood. This was another educated gamble that paid off.
As for adding ice or using this fine product to make caipirinhas, don't even think of it. When ordering a caipirinha at a bar, the industrial cachaca used to make those drinks still screams at you from below the lime and sugar. When using this cachaca for the same drink, the lime and sugar dominate the flavors, so what a waste that is. This one and the Amburana one from Avua are rated as my top two cachacas. There are only 42 rums ranked higher out of 244 as of this writing, which says a lot!
As a fan of cachaca, I don't have anything negative to say about this one, but nothing really positive to say either. It's middle-of the road to me. Smooth enough, just not tasty enough.
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