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need help choosing a cachaca and a rhum agricole to try (list below)

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I'm in PA so my choices are limited....here's what I can pick from:

cachaca:

Ypioca crystal
Ypioca gold
Leblon
Pirrassununga
Pitu
Mae de Oro

(from what Ive read, I'm leaning towards the Mae de Oro or one of the Ypioca's. Never had a cachaca before so which of these would be good for a newbie?)

rhum agricole:

Neisson blanc
Dillon white
Rhum JM rum blanc

thanks

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  1. I've had the JM Blanc and thought it was very nice. Neisson Blanc also looks to be a favorite of a lot of people, so one of those two would probably be a good place to start.

    Only Cachaca I've really tried enough to comment on is Germana 2 yr, which I would say is good stuff. Based on what I've read, I think Mae de Oro is supposed to be good as well.

    1. Just tried the Neisson blanc and it blew my mind. It's got this awesome vegetal quality that kind of lingers. Not bitter, but fresh. Also, if you can find it, La Favorite rhum agricole vieux is a great aged agricole to try.

      1. I have Mae de Ouro, it is good - more subtle than the Leblon, better as a sipper than a mixer. Leblon is a very good mixer with a strong fruity taste.

        I have heard good things about the Ypiocas but have never tried them - especially the gold and prata.

        1. hmmm, Im torn between the Leblon, Mae de Ouro and Ypiopa gold.....

          and I think I'll grab the Neisson blanc b/c it's in store (won't need to order)

          any more opinions on the cachacas? thanks!

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          1. re: SBackes

            I like Leblon. As for agricole, JM, Clement, Neisson, are all excellent.

            1. re: JMF

              In that list, I've only had Leblon and JM blanc. Both are excellent. I will say, however, that I find an "industrial" cachaca, like 51, makes a good caipirinha or batida. The funky not-very-subtle flavor works find with the lime and sugar.

              I'm anxious to try Neisson. Clement (at least the VSOP) is less obviously agricole than JM -- not a bad thing, just different.

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              1. re: EvergreenDan

                Dan - I have only had one agricole, Depaz Blue Cane - and i am curious to know what you mean by "obviously agricole".

                I find it to have a very unusual taste for a rum, somewhat similar to tequila. I have had other cane juice rums such as barbancourt and 10cane and the Depaz is very different from them.

                1. re: ncyankee101

                  Exactly. I find that agricole is closer to cachaca or even tequila in character than a typical molasses-heavy rum. It has an earthy, grassy character. It doesn't have the spiciness of tequila, nor the flavor profile, of course.

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          2. I really like the Ypioca Prata (not the gold, not the silver ... one of the ones in straw). Wray & Nephew is a simply beautiful white overproof rum. Not really an agricole as has hint of molasses but is just gorgeous. I prefer it to agricole rhums and the Ypioca Prata to agricole rhums marketed as such.

            In a caipirinha I enjoy the sort of raw green undertones of the Ypioca ... anything else I'd want in a rum/rhum-based drink I find in the Wray & Nephew. (Unless I want to max out on molasses/wood flavor with a darker rum.)