Written byE&A Scheer

The Brazilian Spirit

Cachaça is a sugarcane distillate from Brazil. It is made from fresh pressed sugarcane juice, instead of the sugarcane sirup or molasses. Some Rums, particularly Rhum Agricole from the French Caribbean islands, are also made from sugarcane juice. This is why Cachaça can also be classified as Brazilian Rum.


History and production

Cachaça is a unique and important part of Brazilian culture, with a rich history and a distinctive flavour that is beloved worldwide. The history of Cachaça in Brazil dates back to the 16th century when Portuguese people brought sugarcane to the country. Initially, sugarcane was only used to produce sugar, but over time, distillation methods were developed to make Cachaça. After distillation, the liquor is aged in wooden barrels, usually made from Brazilian woods such as jequitibá or amburana, which impart unique flavours to the final product. Cachaça can be classified based on the type of distillation process used. Industrial Cachaça is made using column stills, which produce a lighter and more neutral flavour, while artisanal Cachaça is made using copper pot stills, which produce a richer and more complex flavour.


Uses and varieties

Cachaça is a versatile spirit that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails. One of the most popular cocktails is the Caipirinha, made with Cachaça, lime, and sugar. There are many different varieties, each with its own unique flavour profile. Some Cachaças are aged in barrels for years, while others are unaged, giving them a bright and fresh flavour. In Brazil, Cachaça is often used in cooking, adding flavour to dishes such as feijoada (a traditional bean stew), seafood dishes, and desserts.


Exportation and regulations

While Cachaça is primarily produced and consumed in Brazil, it is also exported to other countries. The United States is the largest market, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2013, Cachaça was recognized as a Geographical Indication (GI) product by the Brazilian government. This means that only Cachaça produced in Brazil can legally be called Cachaça, and it must adhere to certain production standards.


E&A Scheer has Cachaça available in different consistent qualities, which we supply from our large inventories in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


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