Avuá Tapinhoã Cachaça is aged in tapinhoã wood, an extremely rare hardwood found in parts of South America. The spirit is aged in a barrel used decades ago by our distiller's father. After a lengthy recommissioning process, and up to 2 years of aging, we are proud to offer our second unique Brazilian wood offering. This wood imparts flavors of toasted coconut, fresh honeycomb, and caramel. The soft, sweet notes imparted by the wood create the perfect sipping spirit. Try it on the rocks, neat, or in a cocktail showcasing its incredible flavor.
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The national spirit of Brazil, cachaça (pronounced as kah-SHAH-sah), is a distilled spirit made from pure sugar cane juice. Many people mistake it for rum; in fact, cachaça is its own drink and often sells better than both gin and tequila.
Cachaça comes from pure, freshly pressed Brazilian sugar cane and comes from Brazil's over 3,000 legal (and just as many illegal) distilleries. The distillers ferment the juice with yeast, converting the sugar to alcohol, then distill it using copper still pots to reach around 40% ABV. Aging usually occurs in French or American oak barrels or using indigenous woods to offer widely varying flavor profiles.
No, cachaça is not rum — though it was originally listed as a type of rum when it was first imported to the USA. It likely predates rum by a long shot, and though both are sugar-based distillates, cachaça comes from fresh-pressed sugar cane juice, while rum usually comes from molasses or other sugar byproducts. Cachaça also tastes different from rum, with a more subtle sweetness and a raw, fruity taste.