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What brand of cachaca do you recommend?

Cinnamon Apr 9, 2009 08:16 AM

We've tried a Ypioca, seemed a little harsh.

What's a good yet not exorbitant cachaca? Mainly for caipirinhas.

Here's a list of various brands:


  1. SaraASR Apr 9, 2009 08:40 AM


    1. MC Slim JB Apr 9, 2009 10:27 AM

      Got to agree on Beija: very smooth, consistent, one of the few cachaças I'd drink neat. An artisanal product, worth its premium price.


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        evergreengirl Apr 9, 2009 10:43 AM

        I really enjoyed Milagre de Minas, but I'm not sure if its available outside of Brazil. It's brewed with thirty-some different herbs native to the area, and has more depth than most of them (I drink it neat).

        Ypoica has two kinds available in the local (Seattle) liquor store: gold and silver. The silver is quite harsh, but the gold is quite a bit mellower.

        Haven't tried Beija.

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        1. re: evergreengirl
          Cinnamon Apr 9, 2009 06:43 PM

          Thank you all!

          1. re: evergreengirl
            streetgourmetla Apr 9, 2009 10:47 PM

            Milagre de Minas is an infused cachaca, not available in the US.

          2. streetgourmetla Apr 9, 2009 11:10 PM

            Hello Cinnamon.You say the Ypioca was harsh.Ypioca is a standard in Brazil for caipirnhas, and should be fine if the caipirinha is made properly, with enough lime and sugar. 51 and Ypioca constitute the majority of the caipirinhas you would come across in Brazil along with Velho Barreiro.These all make excellent caipirinhas.

            To drink neat, Germana is available here in the states, one of the classic sipping cachacas of Brazil, a benchmark.This is aged in oak.It's not so expensive that you couldn't use it in a cocktail, maybe a batida or another fruit based cocktail.

            GRM is a premium cachaca availaable in the states,as well as Armazem for drinking neat.I have over 20 bottles from Brazil, specifically Minas Gerais in my home collection.The real stars aren't here yet except Germana and the Weber Haus available at Fogo de Chao restaurants in the US.

            I'm not a fan of the multi-distilled US marketed brands like Beija, Cabana, Leblon, Sagatiba, etc.They're Vanilla Ice.They will work fine in a cocktail but the great cachacas of Minas Gerais aged in various woods like Seleta, Boazinha,Maria da Cruz, Fabulosa,Cristalina, Lua Cheia, Lua Nova, and Havana are the real deal.Germana is in their league. These are aged cachacas with dazzling flavors.

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            1. re: streetgourmetla
              Cinnamon Apr 10, 2009 09:34 AM

              Thanks - yes, the Ypioca is fine in caipirinhas, once one gets the hang of the proportions... might even add to the flavor in a balancing way.

              I'll look into the Ypioca gold. (Might also try the Beija since it has two recs for, albeit your expert rec against.) If we get fancier, I'll look into the Germana and others. :)

              Still getting the hang of what spirits we really like, even for mixing... for instance for rums after using the Bacardis and happening on the Flora de Canas, we always use the latter. And tried some Tru organic vodka that makes me never want to have some of the more popular brands again. The tequilas... we're just steering clear of!

              1. re: Cinnamon
                streetgourmetla Apr 10, 2009 10:06 AM

                I was just in Rio and Sao Paulo the last week of March and went on a cachaca tasting spree.I went to the Academia in Rio and a restaurant/ cachaceria in Sao Paulo, not to mention the many bars/botecos I stopped at tasting different cachacas and cocktails all day and night.Someday these artesanal cachacas will make it here and it will be a whole new ballgame.Ah, the wonders of cachaca.....

                Ahhhh, no love for tequila?

                1. re: streetgourmetla
                  Cinnamon Apr 10, 2009 09:28 PM

                  Conversed with quetzlcoatl once while using tequila as the local remedy for a really bad flu. So, careful with that stuff. :)

            2. meirelles Apr 10, 2009 01:41 PM

              Use Ypioca that is avialable in US market, don´t waste your money with Sagatiba.
              Maybe Espirito de Minas you can find too, is great

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              1. re: meirelles
                streetgourmetla Apr 10, 2009 02:26 PM

                There you go Cinnamon, you've heard it from your resident cachaceiro and now a Brazilian gourmet.Just say no to any bottle that looks like a Grey Goose rip-off.

                Espirito de Minas is brilliant.Meirelles, voce e sangue bom!

                1. re: streetgourmetla
                  Cinnamon Apr 10, 2009 09:29 PM

                  Thank you all... and yay for rum- and cachaca-producing regions of the world! (Limes, we need more limes. And sugarcane.)

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