(NEW YORK; August 4, 2014) — Avuá Cachaça, the leading hand-crafted, single-sourced cachaça, announces a complex addition to its selection of artisanal cachaças, Avuá Cachaça Oak, which will be available in the United States beginning in October 2014 for $49.99.
French oak is intricately intertwined with history of Brazil and thereby its national spirit – going back as far as 1555 when French wood traders founded Rio de Janeiro, and later when Paris and Rio intellectuals fueled the country’s cultural renaissance. Matured for up to two years in French oak casks, Avuá Cachaça Oak is a single-sourced cachaça made in the rolling hills near Carmo, Rio de Janeiro. The use of French Oak barrels gives depth and versatility to Avuá Cachaça Oak, while the aging process yields a pale yellow cachaça with a smooth and subtle taste ideal for sipping. The oak aged spirit, imparts vanilla and banana notes, with floral aromatic flavors.
“Cachaça offers a variety of flavors that are unavailable in any other spirit, which is why it is the third most consumed spirit in the world,” says Nate Whitehouse, co-founder of Avuá Cachaça. “The exquisite notes found in all of Avuaì Cachaça’s expressions can be traced to a combination of distilling mastery and thoughtful wood selection, using only exotic woods native to Brazil and South America. Avuá Oak is lighter than other aged cachaças, and with the upswing in premium-spirits appreciation, the time is right for high-quality cachaças to be accessible outside of Brazil.”
Launched nationally in 2013, Avuá Cachaça has been heralded by spirits critics and leading bartenders alike for its careful wood selection and how it reflects the botanical richness garnered from distilling fresh sugarcane juice using the indigenous yeasts, cane and soil of Brazil. Avuá Cachaça Oak joins a unique range of cachaças that includes the award-winning Avuá Cachaça Prata (unaged) and Avuá Cachaça Amburana (aged in Amburana wood). All three expressions showcase the vibrancy and elegance of Brazil’s noble spirit and woods that are native only to Brazil and South America. The variety of woods, combined with the heat of the production environment, produce a cachaça range imbued with the flavors of the indigenous wood they are stored in.
Distilled by one of Brazil’s only female distillers using a family recipe honed over three generations, Avuá Cachaça begins in the single-estate sugarcane fields of a small, family-owned farm situated in the rolling hills near Rio de Janeiro. The cane, composed of three specifically chosen varietals, is hand-cut, ground with a waterwheel, and fermented for less than 24 hours using airborne wild yeasts, before being distilled in a copper-crafted alembic still. Avuá Cachaça is organically produced with only renewable energy with water piped from a natural source to grind the cane and a boiler for the still that is fired by the residuals of the sugarcane pulp, known as bagasse.
Tasting Notes: Avuá Cachaça Oak
750ml / 40% ABV / $49.99
Matured for up to two years in French oak casks – Avuá Cachaça Oak is a single-sourced cachaça made in the rolling hills near Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Resting in this indigenous oak aged wood produces a stunning mix of warm and savory notes ranging from vanilla and banana both on the nose and palate. This superior cachaça brings an exotic wood character to the classic spicy flavor profile and at 40% proof, can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. The well-rounded cane flavor is perfect for tropical cocktails including Mai Tai’s, Planter’s Punch, and Caipirinhas.
About Avuá Cachaça:
Launched in the United States in 2013, Avuá Cachaça has been heralded by spirits critics and leading bartenders alike for how it reflects the depth of flavor and botanical richness garnered from distilling fresh sugarcane juice using the indigenous yeasts, cane and soil of Brazil. The range consists of three small batch, single-estate, limited production spirits: Avuá Prata (unaged), Avuá Amburana (aged in Brazilian Amburana Wood) and the new Avuá Oak (aged in French Oak casks) slated for national release in October 2014. Simon Difford’s Guide awarded an “Outstanding” rating for Avuá Amburana and an Excellent rating for Avuá Prata; Wine Enthusiast named Avuá Cachaça one of the Top 50 Spirits of the Year, and renowned spirits expert Paul Pacult gave both a 4 out of 5 rating. Avuá is available in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. For more information on Avuá Cachaça, visit www.avuacachaca.com.br, follow the brand on Twitter @avuacachaca, #thrillofdiscovery, and via Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/avua.cachaca.