Produced in Morretes, a small mountain town at the edge of the Atlantic Rainforest in Southern Brazil, Novo Fogo Gold is produced in small batches using fresh hand cut and pressed sugar cane. Fermented then distilled using a copper pot still, the cachaça is aged two years in Bourbon casks. The company uses handmade bottles that are made from recycled glass collected from Curitiba. The steps this company takes to earn the USDA Organic label and to protect the environment is truly impressive. Add their conservation efforts of the Brazilian Red Tail Parrot and it is easy for me to go out and purchase their product.
The pear shaped bottle has a transparent label and a beige label on the front of the bottle. The beige label provides the aging information with the Batch number. This bottle is from batch LG9328 SR.
The back label is the same beige as the front with brown text that contains background information and the legalities. It is corked using a combination of natural and synthetic wood. The neck is covered with a material manufactured from recycled plastic that easy to hold and pour. The honey amber liquid stays consistent between the bottle and glass.
I swirled the glass gently and smelled the rich vanilla aroma rise from the glass. Chasing it is a subtle toasted caramel note with a final hint of oak.
As the cachaça rolls across the tongue I am reminded of honeyed fruit. As this flavor fades vanilla and alcohol envelop the mouth transitioning into a slightly astringent woodsy finish.
This is the first time I have reviewed an aged cachaça. Measuring it against gold rums of a similar age, I found it held up without some of the roughness. Like its lighter counterpart this cachaça is a nice alternative for cocktails. Playing around with it we created two new refreshing cocktails on a day when temperatures tipped the 105 mark it really hit the spot.
Novo De Coco
3 ounces unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk
1 ounce Novo Fogo Gold cachaça
.5 ounce Coconut Crème
Put in shaker with three ice cubes and shake until the contents are consistent. Pour in rock glass unstrained.