The creation of Cachaça Yaguara is rooted in the friendship of three young entrepreneurs. Thyrso and Thiago Camargo met Hamilton Lowe during their formative years, becoming fast friends during their time at school together. Over the years, Hamilton often travelled from his native England to visit the brothers at their home in Brazil, when they would occasionally visit Thyrso and Thiago’s grandfather – a man who has spent his life perfecting his own cachaça, “Cachaça do Barba.” It was on one such visit to Paraná that they realized there was an opportunity to bridge that family cachaça tradition with modern Brazil. They hatched a plan to create their own cachaça and Yaguara Cachaça was born.
Produced in small batches under the watchful eye of renowned Brazilian master blender Erwin Weimann, Yaguara combines the century-old Meneghel family recipe with finest white cachaça, using traditional alambique copper stills and a completely sustainable process. Every batch is supervised and signed off by the Yaguara Master Blender before bottling.
Yaguara Ouro is a blend of cachaça aged in two Brazilian native woods, Cabreúva and Amburana, as well as American oak.
Yaguara Branca (81 proof)
Nose: Clean and straightforward cachaça nose. Vegetal and akin to a rhum agricole.
Taste: Fresh, bright, lively and young. A lot of energy come forth from the distillate with a slight peppery and grassy aspect.
Finish: Medium long with a few of the deeper notes of vanilla and cane stalk lingering.
Overall: A very nice cachaça that will carry a Caipirinha easily.
GSN Rating: B+
Yaguara Organic Blended (83 proof)
Nose: Softer than the branca with a more feminine approach. Still with a noticeable vegetal perfume however.
Taste: Laid back, mellow and soft like a pillow. Very smooth and easy-going. There are no sharp or discordant notes of flavor here at all.
Finish: Fairly quick and short. It all fades away leaving only a tinge of greenery.
Overall: An ultra smooth and extremely approachable cachaça. If you are looking to introduce silver rum or vodka drinkers to this spirit, this is the way to do it.
GSN Rating: B+
Yaguara Ouro (84 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Eastern spices brighten up the nose with jasmine, green peppercorn, sandalwood and clove. Like an olfactory meal. Make that a slice of fresh pumpkin pie.
Taste: Low, deep notes with more of the wood character laying over the distillate. Intriguing and mysterious. Literally unlike any other spirit I’ve had, with the exception of other cachaças aged in exotic South American woods. This is a product that deserves time to get to know and have a conversation with.
Finish: Fairly long, with a lot of the spice character trailing off at a slow pace.
Overall: Distinctly different and a cachaça that is better served neat than mixed to fully appreciate its subtleties.
GSN Rating: A
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