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Cachaca - Leblon

 

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Leblon Cachaca - Leblon USA, Manhasset, New York
Ingredients: Sugar Cane Juice
PROOF: 80 (40%) 
AGE: 30 Days
TYPE: Silver

PRICE: $29.99 - 750 ML 

 

 

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Notes: This is not the usual type cachaca that you find imported to the United States - by usual, I mean the cheap aquadiente (firewater) type alcohol is drunk by the poor and used by the better off to fuel their cars.There are 1000's of brands of Cachaca in Brazil most of which are thankfully NOT imported here. Prior to a few years ago drinking Cachaca was about as stylish as drinking Mad Dog or Night Train here.

Thankfully, a number of well made higher end Cachacas have turned that around and Cachaca is now the drink in Europe (I couldn't throw a rock and not hit a bar in Paris that wasn't proudly serving it) and it is starting to catch on in the better parts of America. Most cachaca imported into the states is not aged.This one however is aged for 30 days in XO Cognac barrels and while a short time, makes a dramatic difference.

Appearance: Clear limpid pool, on swirling, leaves thick coating on glass and some long legs.
 
First Impression: Sweet with vanilla, yeasty, sweet, lemon, herbal/ floral notes. .

Taste: Deadly smooth, slight oak and peppery edges on the tongue with citrus, vanilla, spice and salty overtones with a whisper of caramel. Delicious! A thick, buttery, mouthfeel to it and a lingering dry but oily finish no burn, just a warm glow.

Drinks: The drinks we tried (many from their presskit) worked well.This cachaca has more body than most, so mix it thoroughly. It also has more complexity than many so it adds extra layers of taste to a drink. (We used the muddler which came in the presskit shown in the photo).

Cigars: Good with a lighter type/size of cigar. Ashton or RomeoYJulieta ?

Final Thoughts: The aging in XO Cognac barrels seems to make a world of difference, It tames the cachaca without losing its heart. Well Done!

Bottle/Packaging: A rather simple clear glass bottle with a green cast similar to the color of sugar cane. Vertical two tone green letters back label forms sillouhete of Andes in background. Simple but striking..

Website: http://www.liveloveleblon.com (not the one listed on the bottle)

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