Pitú // Pernambuco, Brazil
Brazil's most exported cachaça is Pitú. Named for the stream that irrigates the company's sugarcane, the word also refers to the large crayfish-like shrimp that features prominently in the brand's logo. It is produced by Engarrafamento Pitú, which was founded in 1938.
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.
"Pitú's nose yields the classic cachaça aromas: fresh cut grass, brine and black olives. There is also a bit of sweet corn and pepper. The spirit enters with a smokiness that was not apparent on nosing, and there is momentarily a mezcal-like character before the grass takes over. Up next is sweet corn, black and white pepper, smoke, and a bit of brine and green olives. Subsequent sips yield more of the same, and as the palate becomes conditioned to the cachaça, the sweetness becomes more noticeable as does the pepper that ultimately dominates the long finish. A classic industrial cachaça that makes a serviceable Caipirinha."