Avuá Tapinhoã Cachaça
Avuá // Rio de Janiero (state), Brazil
With around 16,000 known tree species in the Amazon Rainforest and Brazil being where 60% of this lush jungle sits, the country's national spirit has a variety of native woods to choose from. While other categories like whiskey and tequila may typically only use the same few wood types for barreling, by comparison, cachaça, has access to an almost limitless selection. Released in September 2016, Avuá Cachaça Tapinhoã is barrel-aged in a rare type of wood, indigenous to South America. The tapinhoã cask was reclaimed and repurposed from vintage barrels kept in the distiller's family, and used to age this cachaça for at least 2 years. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
CachaçaProduced in Brazil. Distilled from sugarcane juice. If aged, at least 50% of product must be at least 1 year old. The types of barrels used are not specified, but often utilize Brazilian wood. Up to 6 grams of sugar per liter may be added.
"The aroma provides notes of honeyed banana, caramel, fresh cane, sweet grass, and lilies with a touch of spicy wood. The cachaça hits the tongue with a balance of spicy wood notes and tropical fruit notes of toasted coconut and banana. The Tapinhoã' wood dominates as notes of spearmint, peppercorn, and dried leather enter the profile and linger in a long sweet alcohol-laden fade."