It was a night to remember, at least for those of us who didn't sample that much cachaça. Those of us who might've given up alcohol for lent would have taken solace in the fact that, well, at least it was already Sunday in Jerusalem by the time we got started.
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of working with Marcelo Jarmendia of Brazil in Chicago to put together a tasting of some of the best cachaças around. Locally available and otherwise, the products tasted by the intimate, capacity gathering provided a well-rounded survey of the state of artesanal cachaças today.
The evening started with a discussion of the Confraria de Cachaça do Copo Furado (Rio's cachaça appreciation society) by my mother-in-law, Cláudia Fernandes, who once served as its president. My father-in-law, José Alberto Kede, then went into detail about the history and production of cachaça.
After my schpiel about my experience with cachaça and building this site (even sharing the Maria Izabel feature), we went straight to the tasting. Details after the jump.