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Cachaça

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Cachaça…its definitely the reason why some of you boys & girls “made friends” last summer during the World Cup tournament in Brasilia. Hopefully you were drinking Avuá Cachaça. Cachaça was raised in necessity & rebellion in my opinion . There are literally hundreds of nicknames & euphemisms that have been documented for it. Cachaça is fruitful, bold, earthy, playful & voluptuous. It is no wonder they refer to it as the “Soul of Brasil” Bossa Nova in a bottle baby!

Cachaça is exclusively made in Brasilia. There are records dating it’s distillation in Brasilia circa 1530. Around this time a Pirate by the name of Sir Richard Drake (no relation Aubrey Graham) created a concoction called the “El draque” (the Dragon) to honor his Captain Sir Francis Drake a Explorer & Privateer (probably just another pirate) the recipe called for sugar, key limes, Cachaça & local mint. Escaped slaves were part of Sir Francis Drake’s crew & they knew the locations of distilleries along the northern coast of Brasilia. They probably plundered & pillaged because that’s what you do you when you a pirate during the 1500’s. That’s what I’d be doing if I were a pirate. Mint grew naturally in sugar cane fields so it’s only natural that this “concoction” would be the precursor to the Mojito.

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Under Brazilian law “Cachaça” is a Brazilian distilled spirits product with an alcohol content of 38 to 54 percent abv from the distillation of the fermented must of sugar cane juice. The sugarcane juice must be fermented in generally less than 24 hours of being pressed. Distillers may add sugar to the spirit at up to 6 grams per liter, and any more than that must be labeled as cachaça dulce, or “sweet cachaça” the United States standard requires that rum be bottled at not less than 40 percent abv or 80 proof. Therefore, any “Cachaça” imported into the United States will have to conform to this minimum bottling proof requirement. However there maybe exceptions. Officials from Brazil, United States Trade Representative, and TTB, representatives of Brazil and the United States signed an agreement on April 9, 2012, under which the United States would recognize Cachaça as a distinctive product of Brazil, and, in turn, Brazil would, within 30 days, recognize Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive products of the United States. I love Bourbon.

At Avuá Cachaça in Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia they distill only 2 times a year May & August using 3 specific varieties of sugar cane. Brasilia is a big country, harvest times for sugar cane may vary and distillation occurs throughout the whole year. My friends at Avuá produce artisanal Cachaça. Each batch is slightly different from one another, just like mother nature intended. There are only 2 things at Avuá that are powered by electricity, the lights & a trolley to move that precious finally product around the property. Muddling a lime, mint & some sugar is nothing compared to the effort put into making Cachaça. They have a spring the flows down the hills of the distillery’s property that powers the grinder that presses the sugar cane to extract the sweet juice via hydro power. The pressed sugar canes are dried and used a fuel source for the copper pot stills. Curiosity got the better of me & asked if the burning dried cane had a distinctive smell. It does not. *sips Avuá Prata* Avuá Prata Cachaça is rested in stainless steel casks for 6 months before being bottled. The result is ☆☆☆☆☆`s baby! They also make another expression called Avuá Amburana. It is aged in a rare Amburana Brazilian hardwood casks for up to two years. These casks are approximately 25 yrs old. Each expression of Avuá is hand bottled. Check out their website. Amburana wood has many uses and it’s just 1 of approximately 30 different types of wood used to age Cachaça throughout Brasilia. Some of these trees used to make barrels are endangered species & are illegal to cut down without permission from the government. Unfortunately Brazilians are a little greedy, they keep most of the delicious Cachaça in Brasilia for themselves. This is probably why so little is known about Cachaça in the US. Hopefully that is going to change soon.

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When I taste Avuá fresh cut sugarcane slaps me in the face playfully. The nose is sweet, vegetal, slightly floral, then I get this light buttery “Ritz Cracker” nuance. The mouthfeel has really nice light velvety texture on the tongue that’s unique to cachaça. The sweet nose fools you, it’s very dry but not aggressive on the tongue. The finish for Avuá Prata is awesome hints of spice, unspecified tropical fruits & plain kefir on the finish. Like all well produced spirits Avuá Prata has a gentle warming sensation from your chest not a burn. I like it neat with a good German helles style lager or as a classic caipirinha. But if you’re a lover of Negroni’s try this variation I call…

“The Bitter Fruit of a Brazilian 3 Way”

1 oz Avuá Prata Cachaça
1 oz Punt E Mes Vermouth
1 oz Aperol aperitif liqueur
Dash of Bitter Truth Grapefruit bitters
Combine in glass with fresh ice & stir
Strain into cocktail glass or rocks glass with fresh ice (1 big block works beautifully)
Garnish with a twist of orange (be sure to rub the orange twist on the rim of the glass)

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CHEERS!

 

– Fabian Malone

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MAY 2015

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MAY 2015

Rum, Cachaça, Rhum Agricole: THE CRASH COURSE

Rum, Cachaça, Rhum Agricole, what the hell is the difference you ask?

There aren’t a lot of differences, but, at the same time, a whole lot. For now, we’re just going to say it’s all distilled from sugar cane. Rum is shrouded in a ton of history to say the least.

It is produced mostly in the Caribbean, but made all over the world. History suggests that rum was first distilled in the Caribbean, a document found in Barbados circa 1651 that stated:

“The chief fuddling they make in the island is Rumbullion, alias Kill-Divil, and this is made of sugar canes distilled, a hot, hellish, and terrible liquor.”

Then history notes in 1655 that the British Navy began issuing daily rum rations known as “tot” to their officers. They thought this was a good idea to do for about 300 yrs. And I don’t blame them either. It is a bit of historic argument as to the “who what when where and how” of where rum was first made in my opinion. Whatever… We just want to drink it!

However, there are also records about rum circa 1620 in Brazil. Portuguese sugar production was once on the island of Madeira. They were distilling something they called Aguardente de Cana circa 1532. It is a fact that those same pot stills that made Aguardente de Cana in Madeira, were brought to Brazil to make what we call Cachaça today. So, it looks like the Portuguese distilled rum 1st. If you’re Portuguese brush the dirt off your shoulder! There are also records dating back to the early 1600’s in Guyana referencing rum distillation. There my good friends at Demerara Distillers, benefit from being able to operate the last two original wooden pot stills (one single and one Double) in the world. It is over 275 yrs old! They also benefit from a wooden continuous Coffey Still, it is the last fully working example of its kind! It is very similar, if not identical, to the very first continuous still made by our hero, Aeneas Coffey. It has been active since 1880.

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Rum was America’s drink before Bourbon was created. I love Bourbon too. The first Rum distillery in the American colonies was started in 1664 on Staten Island. New England was once a distilling hub for Rum during colonial times, because of the availability of lumber & metal for barrels. Rum is likely what Paul Revere did a shot of before his famous ride to warn that the “red coats are coming”. Sadly it did have a huge impact on slavery, but we’re not going there. I must admit, rum takes time to get an understanding of and there is always more to learn. But it is a good time!

The differences among Rum, Rhum Agricole & Cachaça makers are endless. Especially when it comes to soil, barrel aging, sugar cane varietals & yeast strains in their production. There are no aging requirements or regulations on new or used barrels to age rum or even the type of wood used for the barrels in most cases. In my opinion, this and the course of history is why rum, rhum agricole & cachaça have such a huge spectrum of flavor profiles.

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Rum, and its country cousins, rhum agricole & cachaca are made by distilling fermented sugar, water & yeast. This sugar comes from sugar cane and is fermented from cane juice, concentrated cane juice, or molasses. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also has minerals and elements, which contributes to the final product.

Rhum Agricole & Cachaça are made from sugar cane juice instead of molasses and are made primarily in Haiti, Martinique, Guadalupe, and Marie Galente. In the case of Cachaça, it is produced primarily in Brazil. They generally have a naturally smooth palate and are more vegetal in complexity than Rum distilled from molasses.

NOTE *** Cane juice rums specifically from Martinique are as labeled “AOC Martinique Rhum agricole” because French and European law allow a designation called “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” (protected designation of origin) for rums produced on the island of Martinique that meet certain local standards. This designation is unique to Martinique. It just causes more confusion for you and me and does not define the category of cane juice rum or rhum agricole. Also in French the words “rhum agricole” translate to “agricultural rum” FYI. ***

That’s the big difference; they’re using a more expensive raw material to begin with. Molasses is a by-product of sugar production. You make loot twice as a sugar cane producer when you sell the molasses to rum distillers or make rum yourself. Depending on the recipe, or “wash” (cane juice, or molasses and water) is fermented, using either cultured yeast or wild yeasts, for a period ranging from 24 hours for light rums, up to several weeks for heavy, full varieties. The choice of stills will have a significant effect on the final character of Rum just like any other spirit. All Rums come out of the still a clear, colorless spirits, like all other spirits. Barrel aging and the addition of caramel determines the final color. Lighter Rums are highly purified, blended, and are produced in column or continuous stills, after which they are, in some cases, charcoal-filtered and aged in old oak casks for a few months to add a degree of smoothness. The hot humid climate in the Caribbean is ideal for barrel aging. Most light Rums have minimal flavors and aromas, and are very similar to vodka, particularly those brands that have been charcoal-filtered. Heavier Rums are usually distilled in pot stills; similar to those used to produce Cognacs and Scotch whiskies. Pot stills are very different from column stills. All you really need to know is that some congeners are carried over with the alcohol in pot stills. This adds to the complexity and flavor profile of the final product.

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Now Let’s “Kill Divil” all this confusion and break down the main categories.

Rhum agricole & Cachaça (pronounced Kah-sha-sa) begins with only freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice and not the cheaper molasses by-product of the sugar making industry. And since Rhum agricole & Cachaça (artisanal) can be made only when the sugar cane crop is at the peak of maturity, production is limited to 2 short tropical seasons.

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As previously stated, Cachaça is mostly produced in Brazil. Cachaça is the product of the distillation of fermented sugarcane juice, with its a.b.v (alcohol by volume) anywhere from 38% to 48%. Homemade Cachaça can be as strong as the distiller chooses. Cachaça differs from rum in that most rum is made from molasses. Cachaça can be sort of classified as a “rhum agricole” which is rum produced directly from cane juice. (I apologize & understand if that last sentence upset you.)

One of my favorite producers of Cachaça is Avua out of Carmo, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. They produce a breath taking expression of this spirit. I love shots of this neat with cold beer. And this fact about me has been documented on social media outlets. Stay tuned for a follow up article on Cachaça.

You can buy it on their website.

White Rums are generally light-bodied. However, there are a few heavy-bodied, white Rhums available in the French islands. They are usually clear and have a very subtle flavor profile. Some are aged to create a smooth palate; they are then usually filtered to remove any color. White Rums are primarily used as mixers and blend particularly well with fruit flavors. I recommend Cana Brava Rum from Panama Bottled by 86&CO in Ukiah Ca. This Rum is a 3yr white Rum blended with older Rums. I like it with tonic water & fresh/ lime.

Golden Rums, also called Amber Rums, and are generally medium-bodied. Most have spent several years aging in oak casks, which give them smooth, mellow palates. I like Smith & Cross. It is bottled at Navy Strength 57% a.b.v 114 proof (the proof required by the British Navy) and barrel aged in London. Fun fact, gunpowder will ignite if Navy Strength Rum is spilled on it. Smith & Cross is a very bold & assertive rum. Make a Jamaican daiquiri or 2 for yourself and call the first person you see a “landlubber”! Haus Alpenz are the importers of it.

Navy Strength Rum & Navy Rum should not be confused. Navy Rum was traditionally made with rums mainly from Guyana, Jamaica & Barbados. No such designation of Navy Rum exist it is just a gimmick big companies use to sell product. Only 1 bottling of REAL British Navy Rum exist in the world. Haus Alpenz also imports this.

Dark Rums are traditionally full-bodied, rich, & caramel-dominated. The best are produced mostly from pot stills and frequently aged in oak casks for extended periods. The richest of these Rums are consumed straight up. I recommend Goslings Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum Rum. Have some in a cup of coffee or sip it neat or whatever you like. **SEAL PIC** This bottle should be easy to find.

Spiced Rums can be white, golden, or dark. They are infused with spices or fruit flavors. Spicing your own rum can be fun. I have an old family recipe I use. Don’t be afraid to try and make your own, you might like the results. There are several recipes on the web available. However, I like El Dorado Spiced Rum. It is not artificially flavored, unlike some other brands out there. Produced by Demerara distillers in Guyana.

Añejo and Age-Dated Rums are aged Rums from different vintages or batches that are mixed together for consistency of flavor in bottling of Rum from year to year. Some aged Rums will give age statements that state the youngest Rum in the blend. A small number of French island Rums are vintage dated. In the Caribbean, nothing happens quickly. Heavily aged rum should be sipped neat and slowly respectively. But there is always an exception. El Dorado 15yr is awesome neat or in cocktails be sure to taste this rum, Produced by Demerara Distillers in Guyana.

The Rum suggestions I made above are exactly that. They are just suggestions based on what I like. Try them all, or don’t, try different rums, whatever you like. I just want you to drink more delicious Rum. Don’t be afraid to try something new. CHEERS!!!!

Giving a shout out to my references, sources & people that help make it seem like I know what the hell I’m talking about.

Demerara Distillers & Ian Lye
Avua Cachaca & Nate Whitehouse
Haus Alpenz & Jake Parrott
The Ministry of Rum
The Rum Howler Blog
Wikipedia
Google

 

– Fabian Malone

TWITTER: @RoninBartender
EMAIL: roninbartender@gmail.com

 

 

 

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A 40 year old father of one just trying to guide my little man down a better and less bumpy path than his old man. I consider myself a college football know it all. I’m the equivalent of a hipster football fan. “My favorite player, you’ve never heard of him”. Grew up on a farm and was able to subsidize my education through football and yes the college I played at you’ve never heard of. I wasn’t what you would call a Division One talent. Actually played for Rich Rodriquez for a short period of time in the spread before it had a name. Grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, yet remain an avid fan and supporter of WVU.

Money Quote:
“When you tell somebody somethin’, it depends on what part of the country you’re standin’ in… as to just how dumb you are.” – Bo Darville – AKA The Bandit

TWITTER: @southwvboy


brettBrett Martzke

Brett Martzke is a TV sports veteran. Over the past 20 years he has worked at the Golf Channel, CNN Sports, Fox Sports Net, TVG and NBC Sports. You name the sports event, he has covered it. As an avid sports lover he was even crazy enough to follow a lifelong dream and open up a Sports Bar. Once that dream started to turn into a nightmare, Brett realized writing about and covering sports events was better than working in a kitchen, taking orders at a register and hoping to catch a glance at a TV while running Buffalo wings out to a table. Brett’s big sports achievement is that he is the self-proclaimed carnival basketball shooting champion. If there is a big stuffed animal on the line, Brett will win it.

TWITTER: @brettmartzke


ericpEric Peinhaupt

My name is Eric Peinhaupt, I’m 23 and raised in Alberta,Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I do everything from fly fishing to building cars. I’m all about getting out there and experiencing life! Aspiring writer and BBQ pit master. I’m also the owner of European Auto Union, a car enthusiast page on Instagram. (@europeanautounion) I love a tall glass of craft beer, and all things BBQ. If you’re into cooking, drinking and outdoor life, my articles and photographs will not disappoint!

TWITTER: @ericpeinhaupt


ajA.J. DeMello

A.J. DeMello is a stand-up comedian/actor located in California. An avid sports fan, he’s written for sites such as Bleacher Report & Thoughts From The Dark Side, but will be given the freedom here to mix in the funny – no matter how unflattering he may seem to the average dummy. Born & raised in the Bay Area, he doesn’t pull any punches; having developed a sense of humor one might describe as, ‘edgy’. He appears regularly at comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, Laughs Unlimited, and The World Famous Comedy Store. Peep his blog for upcoming show dates and see if he’ll soon be in your town. If you keep up with his articles, you’ll eventually want to see his act in person rather than not see him at all. Why? As he puts it: “It’s a Good Game of Ball.”

TWITTER: @humorousfiend


jeffhJeff Hillyard

Jeff Hillyard is an aspiring freelance blogger, content writer, and recipe developer specializing in all things BBQ and Grilling.
From true low and slow barbecue, to hot and fast grilling, to even healthy meals there is nothing Jeff does not like to cook on the grill.

TWITTER: @bbqwithjeff


SantanuSantanu Rahman

Santanu Rahman is a Metal guitarist, A Kung-Fu School Owner, a practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and a podcaster.

TWITTER: @austinkungfu


timTim Buckley

Hi everyone I’m Tim Buckley, born and bred near to Nottingham in the UK. Currently serving in the Forces and have many deployments under my belt. I love sport and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan, boxing, UFC, Basketball and any kind of lifting are my passions. My other hobbies are socializing, eating out, travelling and cooking. Writing for Stuff Dudes Like is going to be a good laugh indeed, I will say it how I see it! Looking forward to writing many articles.

TWITTER: @BigBuckersYNWA


martinMartin Phillips

Hey Dudes! I am Martin Phillips. I am a sixth grade teacher by day in Lodi, California, the Zinfandel capital of the world, and a kickass home cook by night. Okay, I am inside my own mind, at least. You can decide for yourself, however, and check out my food blog at inhousecook.blogspot.com and watch for my recipes HERE at StuffDudesLike.com! I have been a sixth grade teacher for fifteen years, so Nothing scares me! I have been a home cook for twelve years and have entered the small in-home catering market this last year. It has been an amazing ride and I cannot wait to share my recipes with you. I am a firm believer that bacon, pork belly, tacos, pizza, pasta and burgers should be food groups. BBQ is Heaven. Need I say more? Okay fine, I am good with the veggies, too! I cook a wide variety of dishes, from Asian Infusion to traditional carne asada and carnitas, to buffalo burgers, to elegant pastas and rustic pizzas. Look me up and give me a shout!

TWITTER: @grnmn1


fernandoFernando Martin

I have been born and raised in the Chicago area all my life. Music is the biggest passion in my life aside from beer, good eateries, movies and even settling down to indulge in a great read once in a while. I also write for the music review website, WeLoveMetal, where I review albums, concerts and conduct interviews with many musicians. Those who know me well know if you want to hit my softspot, you’ll mention animals and pets. I’m also currently going to school for music business hoping to work for the music industry one day soon. I look forward to interacting with the SDL staff and our fans! Hit me up!

TWITTER: @WeLoveMetalFern


nancyNancy Brown Lady Barber

I was born in Berkeley, California before the Summer of Love. When it came I was old enough to know that I lived in a very special place in a very special time. Dang that I was not old enough to attend any of the cool stuff.

We are native Californians for three generations on my mother’s side of the family. Before that, Norway. Dad’s people were Oakies who fled the dust bowl in the ‘30s and ended up in Solano County.

For nearly 20 years I was a law librarian for private law firms in Oakland, California. Quit that in 2006 for the much groovier trade of barbering. Nowadays I groom gentlemen for a living and paint (in oil) Oakland, its people and trees. I also garden and cat whisper when necessary.

TWITTER: @LadyBarberBrown


RomaineRomaine Ayoki Burrell

Romaine Ayoki Burrell is my name. I am student of the world. I am from St. Andrew, Jamaica. Waaah Gwaaan massive? (what’s up world/people?). I love to travel and live like a local. I am a food addict. My biggest goal apart from owning my fortune 500 company(yeah I am ambitious) is to see every country in the world two times over. I write on anything I please, even if its taboo. Looking forward to writing for you all.

TWITTER: @ayokiromaine


brianBrian Kaider

As a patent and trademark attorney, I get to work with a lot of interesting start-up companies and see fascinating new products. Whenever possible, I love to combine my work with the things that I’m passionate about, like craft beer, motorcycles, lacrosse, and woodworking. But, after a day of staring at a computer or talking on the phone, I need to work with my hands. So, you’ll often find me building something in my workshop, making pens, changing the exhaust on my Suzuki Boulevard M109R, growing hops to make my own beer, or cooking up something spicy in the kitchen and never from a recipe. At the end of the day, I’ll grab a nice porter and watch pro football or college lacrosse, where I’m rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or Towson Tigers (or whoever is playing against Johns Hopkins), respectively.

TWITTER: @bkaider


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