Had the great pleasure of meeting Cabana Cachaça founder Matti Anttila and master distiller César Cestari this evening at Zocalo during a meet-and-greet for local distributors.
A great conversation was had, especially with regard to artisanal craft methods and Cabana's double-distillation process (a kind of Cestari trademark touch).
Interesting fact: César's specialty had long been aged cachaças. Cabana is the first application of his considerable skills toward the un-aged variety.
César even brought a miniature jequitibá barrel (above). One thing that has been clear to me thus far — jequitibá seems to be a common variable in many of the favorite cachaças I've yet tried, including Aroma Brasil and Boca Loca as well as Cabana.
And, behold, Cachacagora's first video interview, recorded via my trusty first-generation Flip: