My interest in cachaça over the past year-and-a-quarter has yielded quite a collection, so much so that my wife has suggested I buy a cabinet for it all. A quick trip to IKEA and here we are:
Generally speaking, the aged cachaças are on the left, the white ones kept on the right along with the flasks and literally dozens of airport-sized bottles.
However, the pictures don't even tell half the story. Here are some prized components of this collection:
- A special gift from the folks at Barril 39 — a rare bottle of their 1,000th distillation, back when they were known as Terras Altas. (Look for the Barril 39 feature in Part Five of my documentary.)
- One-and-one-eighth bottles of Maxi Cana's Gabriela. Gabriela is a lightly syrupy cachaça-based aperitif with rich flavors of clove and cinnamon.
- The most well-traveled cachaca in all of my collection, Saturno; it went from Brazil, to Australia (home of their importer) before eventually making it to Chicago.
- Two tiny sample bottles of Abelha Gold and Silver, delivered to my old apartment by friends of Abelha founder Anthony Goh who happened to be in Chicago.
- My first "Azulada" — cachaça distilled with tangerine tree leaves — courtesy of Coqueiro, the subject of Part One of my documentary.
Enjoying some Monte Alvão as I write this.