Does anyone know where to you can find a nice, aged cachaca, anywhere in the five boroughs?
This is a copy of a comment I posted elsewhere on Chowhound. I don't know about the five boroughs, but Newark does have some decent Minas Cachacas available:
Meia Lua and Beleza de Minas are available at liquor stores in Newark's Ironbound. I think the ones I saw them in are the Lisbon Liquor Store 114 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105 and Oporto Wines & Liquors 178 Ferry Street, Newark, NJ (973) 589-3325.
I bought a bottle of Meia Lua Gold at Oporto ($20) and it was quite good. It's aged two years in balsam and is a reasonably good example of a good Minas cachaca. It's very drinkable straight.
When I go back I will get the gold Cachaca de Minas. This one's from the same manufacturer. It differs from Meia Lua in at least one important aspect: it's aged two years in Umburana wood instead of balsam. which should give it a different flavor.
If you're interested the website for the Cachaca is here (in Portuguese): http://www.cachacameialua.com.br/
The distributor is here: http://riosliquors.com/eng/
The Brazen Head at 228 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn now carries Beleza de Minas artisanal cachacas. These are "cachacas de Minas" made in a small alembic (pot still). Two varieties are available, silver and gold. The gold is aged in umburana wood giving it a very distinctive flavor and smoothness. Minas refers to Minas Girais, the Brazilian state noted for having the best cachacas. Thanks to Lou Sones of the Brazen head for working hard to get these items in.