Photo Credit: Leticia Gomes
To tell you the truth, I was never envious of the British until I found out during my visit to Magnífica Cachaça that the Las Iguanas chain of restaurants was going to get a private-labeled version of their incredible product. I comforted myself (if only a little) with the notion that the British taxation rules regarding booze meant that they'd get a somewhat alcohol-depleted version. ("And that," I said during a documentary outtake, "is why you people lost the Revolutionary War!")
My sense of American pride and exceptionalism notwithstanding, however, the simple fact was that they could get Magnífica and I couldn't.
So imagine my relief when Jason Montgomery, entrepreneur and VP of business development of Copa Cachaça, told me that his flagship product was actually Magnífica's Envelhecida. (Process: One-to-two years aged in Brazilian ipê wood, followed by at least two years in oak casks.) Better news: Copa was headed for U.S. shores.
Oh, how I positively gibbered with cachaça-coveting glee!
I had to learn more. My interview with Jason after the jump.