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Graciosa Double Aged Cachaça released in USA

Novo Fogo Graciosa double aged cachaça, now available in the USA, is a fine example of a 100% USDA certified organic spirit from a zero-waste cachaça distillery. This expression ages for two years in re-purposed American oak, then finishes for 18 months in a barrel made from Brazil Nut (castanheira do Pará) wood.

Graciosa is made at Agroecológica Marumbi distillery, in the town of Morretes, in the southern state of Paranà, Brazil.

Graciosa is produced at Agroecológica Marumbi distillery, known for producing small batches (130 liters each) of organic cachaça.

Graciosa double aged cachaça is named after the idyllic road (Estrada da Graciosa) that crosses the Brazilian Rainforest from the mountains to the sea; a reference to the graceful and enchanting land it traverses.

The Agroecológica Marumbi distillery is known for producing small batches (130 liters each) in the town of Morretes, in the southern state of Paranà.

Graciosa Wood Management

Novo Fogo’s dual-wood barreling process for aged cachaça was perfected by master distiller Dr. Agenor Maccari, Jr.

Novo Fogo Graciosa double aged cachaça from Brazil is double aged in two kinds of barrels

Graciosa Cachaça is aged for two years in re-purposed American oak, then finished for 18 months in a Brazil Nut wood barrel.

With this expression, he carefully evaluates the spirit’s maturation as the rare flavors of Brazilian woods harmonize with the delightful flavors of American oak.

Environmental Sustainability

Novo Fogo’s wood management goals spotlight their commitment to environmental propriety, sourcing indigenous wood legally and sustainably. Pairing properly attained Brazilian woods with American oak doesn’t just produce delicious barrel-aged cachaça; it’s the right thing to do for Brazil’s environment.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of pecan shell, cinnamon bark and floral essences compliment the woody herbal character and cane fragrances. On the palate, aromatic wood and bark lead to bright cinnamon, allspice and clove. At mid-palate, cane and toasted almond are balanced by a hint of anise in the warm finish.

Novo Fogo Graciosa is a special limited edition release for 2016, bottled at 42% abv. The 750ml bottle sells for $34.95.

Cocktail Suggestion: Down But Not Out

2 oz Novo Fogo Graciosa
1 oz Cocchi Americano
0.25 oz Maraschino
Method: Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf, slapped to release its aromatic oils.

Yaguara Cachaça celebrates Rio Games with U.S. launch

With all eyes on the beautiful seaside city of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it’s a fitting time to focus on the exotic style of sugar cane spirits from Yaguara Cachaça.

With the U.S. launch of their flagship organic blended expression now underway, the Yaguara Cachaça team is proud to showcase the Spirit of Brazil in time for summer sipping.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça from Brazil is distilled from organic sugar cane in traditional alambique copper stills and blended for perfect balance.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça from Brazil is distilled from organic sugar cane in traditional alambique copper stills and blended for perfect balance.

Even with its long history of more than five centuries, cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa) is a contemporary spirit. It’s synonymous with Brazil’s fashionable lifestyle and national cocktail. This summer’s hottest drink is the caipirinha.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça

Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alambique copper stills, Yaguara uses a sustainable process and a century-old family recipe. Each batch is supervised and certified by Yaguara’s master blender, Erwin Weimann, one of Brazil’s leading experts in the field of Cachaça.

“We have a rich flora in Brazil and cachaça’s production can only gain from all the possibilities of being aged in woods that no other country has,” explains Weimann. “We’re very happy to share this Brazilian biodiversity with the world.”

Awards

Yaguara Cachaça recently received a double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Additionally, Yaguara received a score of 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the highest ever awarded for a white cachaça.

A stunning bottle design by leading U.K.-based glass artist Brian Clarke reflects the quality of the product, bottled at 41.5 percent (83 proof). The cost of a 750ml bottle is $32.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça is distributed by Union Beer/Blueprint Spirits in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. It’s available online from Astor Wines.

Yaguara Cachaça Cocktails

The Spirit of Brazil lends itself to delightful and refreshing cocktails. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Jag & Ginger

1.5 oz Yaguara Blended Cachaça
1.5 oz Ginger Ale
Method: Build over ice in a Collins glass.
Garnish: Lime wedge

Coco Vado

1.5 oz Yaguara Blended Cachaça
5 oz Coconut Water
1 barspoon honey
Method: Combine honey with coconut water in a highball glass and stir to melt. Add ice and Yaguara Cachaça.
Garnish: Mint sprig.

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