4 Ways to identify if a Cachaça is good

Cachaça is the typical and exclusive denomination of the sugarcane spirit produced only in Brazil and protected by Brazilian legislation. This distilled spirit is made from sugarcane juice and is often erroneously thought of as a style of rum.

But it is not necessary to become a sommelier to know if a cachaça is good. Check out four basic steps to identify whether a Cachaça is of quality or not.

Cachaca must be cleaned

For the best analysis, we suggest that the drink be placed in transparent glass. The non-aged cachaça in wood is colorless, while those that pass through wood have a yellowish tone. A quality cachaça has to be clear, crystalline and without solid residues, be it silver or aged.


A good cachaça has a different viscosity than water. When serving it should drain slowly from the bottle and should leave tears in the glass just after serving. Make circular movements with the drink in the glass. If it is of quality, it should drain down the sides like oil, a characteristic of its alcoholic concentration. 

Mild aroma

Although Cachaças are considered strong drinks, with an alcohol content between 38% and 48%, they should not be aggressive drinks for our sense of smell. A quality cachaça should have a very mild aroma, reminiscent of wood, vegetables, and fruits and can not attack the nose or create discomfort. 

A good Cachaça does not burn in the mouth

When tasting a good cachaça, in the same way, that it is not aggressive in the smell, it should not disturb the palate. It should be a velvety drink, discreetly sweet, which heats the region of the throat and chest after ingestion. A good cachaça should be enjoyed gradually, with small sips, which allow you to decrease the aggressiveness of alcohol so that you can realize all its characteristics.