“Market Makers” Summer Tasting Series – Avuá Cachaça


by Rusty Pepper
posted on 07-07-2020

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On this episode of “Market Makers” we sit down with Pete Nevenglosky to learn about (and taste) their Avuá Cachaça. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice and is the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil and the 3rd most consumed spirit in the world!

Pete explained how it all started for him and his partners at Drifter Spirits and what makes their Avuá Cachaça so special. He also shared with me that the way that they produce it is sustainable and traditional using a waterwheel to press, then gravity to transition, and finally they use remnants of the cane to fire the still. Clearly, they are doing things the right way and the final product is incredible!

To learn more about the sustainability practices they use, please visit: http://www.avuacachaca.com.br/sustainability

Avuá Cachaça

Prata: Avuá Prata Cachaça is rested in stainless steel casks before being hand bottled. The result is a LUSH and CRISP spirit with subtle floral notes perfect for exciting new cocktails, or the O’Clássico Caipirinha. Discover and enjoy our unique hand crafted Avuá Prata Cachaça cocktails.

Still Strength: Avuá Still Strength Cachaça reflects the best of Avuá at 90 proof–the taste and strength intended by nature and alchemy. Like Prata, it is rested in stainless steel casks before being hand bottled. Explore this BOLD and CRISP spirit with vegetal and banana notes perfect for cocktails that call for a higher proof base distillate such as tiki and stirred drinks.

Oak: Avuá Oak Cachaça, following Brazilian tradition, is aged for up to 2 years in French Oak, or carvalho, previously used to age white wine. Carvalho, the most common wood used for cachaça-aging in Brazil, imparts notes of vanilla and butterscotch. Oak-aged cachaça finishes dry with a slight bitterness that has many layers for an exquisite sipping spirit. It is also the perfect base for stirred cocktails and tropical cocktails like the Mai Tai or Planter’s Punch.

Amburana: Avuá Amburana Cachaça is aged in Amburana wood, found only in the forests of Latin America. Resting in this indigenous wood produces a stunning mix of WARM and SAVORY notes on the nose and palate that provides a truly unique taste experience for cocktail experimentation or sipping neat. Discover and enjoy our unique hand crafted Avuá Amburana Cachaça cocktails.

Bálsamo: Avuá Bálsamo Cachaça is hand-crafted and aged up to two years in bálsamo wood casks, a high density, burgundy colored hardwood native to South and Central America. These tall trees with a fine grain impart a herbaceous aroma with a flavor that hints at minerality, citrus and bitterness. Try it on the rocks, neat, or in a cocktail showcasing its incredible flavor.

Jequitibá Rosa: Avuá Jequitibá Rosa Aged Cachaça Single-sourced from the hills of Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hand-crafted and aged up to two years in a jequitibá rosa cask, a high density, dark-colored hardwood found only in central and southern Brazil. Produced in a single barrel, this jequitibá rosa aged cachaça is our third offering in a series of native wood experiments. The large vertical cask of dark, rich wood imparts a light fruity aroma with a delicate yet slightly bitter flavor. Enjoy it in cocktails, sipped neat, or paired with a cold beer.

Tapinhoã: 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.


  • Web – Avuá Cachaça: http://www.avuacachaca.com.br/
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