Cachaça is a sugarcane brandy and therefore has the same raw material as rum. The big difference is that cachaça is made from fresh sugar cane, and rum is made from molasses – the dirt left over from sugar cane to sugar. This does not mean that Cachaça is the higher quality product, it tastes different.
In this country, cachaça is usually just known as "that weird white rum that comes in the caipi". Fact: Cachaça is the most important ingredient for a caipirinha. However, in his native Brazil, he is much more than just the ingredient for a single cocktail recipe. He is the national drink, he is what Cubans and people in Guatemala are the rum. And indeed, Cachaça is as complex as the brown gold of the Caribbean.
Cachaca = Caipirinha?
Only very few have ever sat down, filled a cachaca in an Nosingglas and smelled it at room temperature and taken a sip. Normally you do not do that with a schnapps, which costs on average well under 20 euros. But the fact is: You can also enjoy Cachaca pure, can taste the flavors and similar bandwidths as the rum experience. Just maybe not necessarily with the Cachacas, which you get in German supermarkets.
Cachaça in premium quality
More and more sugar cane distillers in Brazil are starting to treat their cachaça in the same way that Cubans do their rum: they ferment it longer and differently, take more time, store it in barrels for 2 to 18 years to give it a darker color and more to give a wider range of tastes. Such a refined cachaça can and should be enjoyed pure.
The difference here is the industrial production: completely white cachaça like the pitú or a cachaça 51 are usually made in factories, by machine. The taste remains on the track – but anyway does not matter if you pour the stuff in the end only in the Caipirinha, right? Conditionally. Sure: A Caipi tastes primarily fresh and limetted, the Cachaça is just an accessory. But you can change that with a good cachaça, make a really good cocktail, right?
Stupid only that one does not get the right good cachaças in this country and if, then to absurd prices. 80 euros upwards for six-year-old spirits are a house number. Granted: Hardly any buyers in this country and for the sugar cane farmers, the thing can also count. But the price remains too violent, just to try the blue. One can only hope that good bars slowly jump on the train and we will soon be allowed to drink at the counter times by popular premium cachaças.