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Liquid Living Magazine


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CACHAÇA ROCHINHA

 

Cachaca Rochinha
Rio de Janeiro , Brazil

Since 1902, Cachaça Rochinha has employed the finest production methods and unparalleled attention to detail to produce Brazil ’s top-rated single-barrel s. Rochinha’s romantic distillery is located on an historic farm with a working mill in a mountain valley in the state of Rio de Janeiro .

Excalibur has selected two of their finest offerings:
• Cachaça Rochinha, Single Barrel, 5 Year-Old
• Cachaça Rochinha, Single Barrel, 12 Year-Old

Rochinha’s 12 Year-Old Cachaça is exceptionally complex, with a palate that is reminiscent of the lush, smoky, peaty single malts of Scotland’s Islay. Only 1,200 bottles per year will make it to U.S. shores.

The 5 Year-Old is notable for mellowness and a warm, smoky flavor.

THE PROCESS

The production of Cachaça Rochinha fuses time-honored tradition with the modern science of climate control and monitoring. All of the sugar cane used is cultivated and carefully selected at Rochinha’s farm. Only cane harvested in the previous 24 hours enters their mill, where skilled workers manually extract the juice from the course peel and pulp. After this labor-intensive and costly process, the pure juice is fermented for 18 to 30 hours, the exact time determined by the artisan’s precise monitoring of temperature and organic chemistry. The liquid is then distilled in a copper pot still (an alambic, the key to premium quality ). The distillate is divided into three parts – the head, heart, and tail. Only the heart, the very purest element, is transferred to single oak casks and aged for up to 25 years. Finally, this ultra-refined, single barrel is bottled and sealed for distribution.

Cachaça Rochinha’s Home at Cachoeira Farm

Cachaça Rochinha is one of many premium agricultural products of the Cachoeira Farm in Rio de Janeiro ’s beautiful Paraiba Valley . Built circa 1717 and named for the abundance of water and waterfalls on its lands, Cachoeira Farm was originally a coffee plantation. In 1871, equipment was added to mill sugar cane, and by 1902 this equipment was put to use in the manufacture of . Today the impeccably restored farm specializes in cattle breeding and the production of such milled products as brown sugar, traditional sweets like guava paste, and – of course – some of the nation’s finest s.

For more information, visit Cachaça Rochinha’s website

Excalibur Enterprise, Inc. is the first U.S. Importer to introduce a full portfolio of fine spirits from Brazil to those of you with a taste for quality and a passion for the exotic. Excalibur is proud to give back to the nation that provides the foundation for its business and, as a supporter of the Dreams Can Be Foundation, is committed to addressing the enormous problem of homeless and impoverished children in Brazil ’s cities.

Excalibur Enterprise will donate a percentage of its profits to Dreams Can Be Foundation to present an annual Carnival Gala in New York City and major markets. Starting in 2005, top performers and celebrities will join Excalibur to celebrate the richness of Brazil ’s culture, multiply our contributions, and raise awareness about the problems affecting the country’s youngest citizens.

Other Excalibur brands include Armazem Vieira cachaca , GRM cachaca , Beleza Pura cachaca , Beleza Pura Caipirinha ,The Sommelier’s Selection Chardonnay, The Sommelier’s Selection Merlot and Brazilian Absinto (Absynthe) Camargo