|Written by Tatu Kaarlas|
|Sunday, 10 May 2009 01:27|
This is the perfect time to enjoy refreshing cocktails such as the Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail. An authentic Caipirinha can of course only be made with authentic Cachaça, a spirit that can only be made in Brazil and must be made from fresh-pressed sugar cane juice and distilled to no higher than 54% abv and bottled between 38% and 48% abv.
The cane used in Leblon Cachaça is grown in a nearby sugar cane field, hand harvested and delivered to the Maison in less than three hours for pressing. The fresh pressed juice of the sugar cane is fermented for approximately 15 hours and left to rest before transferred into the alambique copper pot stills for distillation.
Leblon Cachaça has a very clear appearance with the slightest yellow tinge and forms viscous medium to thin bodied legs in the glass.
The aroma from the bottle nose is extremely fruity, and has some yeast and slight leather aromas to it as well. It is also very sweet and warm with an undertone of alcohol.
In the glass Leblon is extremely smooth and warming with dry woody notes, yeast and pear like fruit aromas like the website suggests. As the Cachaça breathes, the overall aromas become warmer and the woody aromas blend in with the rest of the aromas to the point of almost disappearing while the yeasty and fruity aromas become more evident.
There is certain woody dryness upfront which quickly blossoms into a sweet, pleasantly warm sugary taste with some yeast and fruit flavours.
Leblon Cachaça leaves a long, coating aftertaste with a pleasing nip of citrus fruit and a little vanilla to smoothen the finish.
Leblon Cachaça as an Ingredient
2 tsp Superfine sugar or 1 oz Simple Syrup
In more than one occasion when I've ordered a Caipirinha at a bar in Finland they've used Vodka instead of Cachaça!
After trying a Caipirinha with real Cachaça there can be no alternative ingredients in my Caipirinhas anymore.
Mint Pineapple Caipirinha
4 Chunks of pineapple
2 Mint leaves - torn
2 tsp Superfine sugar or 1 oz (2.9 cl) Simple Syrup
I used 4 small chunks of pineapple and two medium sized mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of sugar and two ounces or 5.9 centilitres of Cachaça.
This cocktail is lovely and refreshing with the pineapple and mint harmoniously giving fresh, piquant hints of flavour at the same time while being perfectly in balance.
2 oz. (5.9 cl) Pear Nectar
½ Fresh lemon
½ tsp simple syrup
Small piece of ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of ground cinnamon
I would have assumed the lemon would have made this drink sour but the pear nectar nicely counterbalances the sourness of the lemon.
1 Orange slice
1 Lemon slice
1 Lime slice
Dash of simple syrup
Champagne to top off
Mine is more yellow than clear as depicted on the Leblon Cachaça website. It is not too bad but I probably topped it with too much champagne. The fruits give it a delicious aroma, however.
A clean, crisp flavoured Cachaça with one of the most delicious aromas I've yet come across in white spirits. Leblon Cachaça is smooth enough to be enjoyed on its own but where it really excels is in fabulous cocktails.
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