Cuca Fresca Ouro Cachaça
Cuca Fresca Ouro Cachaça is made from 100% organic, estate-grown sugarcane harvested in Minas Gerais, Brazil's most famous Cachaça producing region. After the stalks of the sugarcane grow as high 12 feet, expert farmers tenderly harvest the crops by hand using a machete (no flame-harvesting is used during the process). "We believe in using the highest quality sugar cane," says Phoenix Kelly-Rappa, the Managing Partner of Cuca Fresca. "It's never burned, as some sugar cane is. That's one of the things that makes Cuca Fresca extremely smooth. It has a fresher, spicier taste to it, much lighter than rums from the Caribbean that are made from molasses."
After being harvested, the sugarcane is then pressed at the distillery and the resulting juice is slowly fermented using a four-generation old Cachaça recipe. Following fermentation, the wash is double-distilled through an alambique, artisanal copper pot still. Cuca Fresca Ouro Cachaça is then aged for four years in Jequitiba wood barrels, giving the Cachaça notes of baked bananas and dried fruits. "We use all artisanal methods with no mass production," notes Kelly-Rappa, of Cuca Fresca Ouro. After the cachaça is brought to proof, it is triple filtered before each bottle is filled and labeled.