Novo Fogo Cachaça

When you sip Novo Fogo cachaças, you taste the rainforest and the terroir of their tropical environment. The distillery is in the heart of Brazil’s coastal rainforest, Floresta Atlântica. Designated by UNESCO as the world’s second-largest Biosphere Reserve for its animal and plant diversity, the Atlantic Rainforest is Novo Fogo's love, passion, project, and home.

The Novo Fogo distillery and organic sugarcane plantation are located at the base of the Serra do Mar coastal mountain range, in the middle of the largest protected patch of Atlantic Forest anywhere in Brazil. The pristine nature around the Novo Fogo distillery inspires the brand to make delicious organic cachaça and to take a moment to appreciate a vida mais simples, the simpler life. The distillery’s location is magical: the mountain air is fresh and sweet, carrying the scents of rainforest flowers, banana and lime trees, and the salty sea breeze. There’s no pollution here, and thanks to this natural wonder, Novo Fogo may just have possibly the cleanest, best-tasting sugarcane on the planet.

Novo Fogo is committed to maintaining the identity of their clean, healthy sugarcane when they distill it into cachaça. They process it minimally, according to traditional methods and using human hands, in tiny batches (130 liters each), and Novo Fogo uses no chemicals to grow their cane (hence the USDA organic certification). In the end, you should be able to taste the rainforest in Novo Fogo cachaças.

Expressions

Silver

The purest representation of organic sugarcane from Southern Brazil, this silver cachaça proves that terroir matters. The aroma of bananas is immediately present, followed by pleasantly floral rainforest notes that shine through the spirit. Sea salt balances the cachaca’s tropicality, adding a savory quality and settling the overall impression to a mouth-watering sweet red pepper. This cachaça is rested in chemically-inert stainless steel tanks for one year to smoothen it without changing its flavor. 40% ABV

Chameleon

This expression marries the savory identity of Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça with the vanilla notes of their oak-kissed Barrel-Aged expression. It’s aged for one year in re-purposed American oak barrels, just long enough to reach mixability peaks without losing its rainforest and sugarcane funk. A hazelnut nose is continued with sweet and spicy herbs in the palate and finished with lively citrus. From tiki drinks to stirred aperitifs, this versatile cachaça is the bartender’s friend. Aged one year in American oak. 43% ABV

Barrel-Aged

Novo Fogo ages their organic cachaça distillate in 53-gallon American oak bourbon barrels that have been taken apart, sanded, and re-toasted. The two- to three-year process takes place in the heat and humidity of their home in the Atlantic Rainforest. The result? Banana bread, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon bark, and coffee. Nuances of pepper remain, but the cachaça’s time spent in wood changes its spiciness from fresh red pepper to toasty black pepper. Aged two years in America oak. 40% ABV

Tanager

This expression is the first two-woods cachaça broadly available in the USA, and it mixes the Brazilian South’s two favorite woods. Novo Fogo ages this cachaça in re-purposed oak barrels and finishes it in casks of arariba (Brazilian zebrawood) for a natural red color and a distinctive mountain earthiness. This truly unique cachaça suggests tropical fruit, grass, cinnamon bark, and other holiday spices; it can be sipped alone or as the base spirit in twists of classic cocktails like the Sazerac. American oak + Zebrawood. 42% ABV

Graciosa

Graciosa is a reflection of Novo Fogo's love for the rainforest and the historic road that crosses it on its way from the mountains to the ocean. This expression is aged for two years in re-purposed oak and finished for 18 months in castanheira do Pará (Brazil nut) barrels, lending it a vibrantly aromatic yet creamy disposition: starting with pecan and orchids on the nose, the palate morphs into cherry custard and finishes with pleasant notes of soft clove and anise. American oak + Brazil nut woods. 42% ABV

Colibri

To mature the Colibri expression (“hummingbird” in Portuguese), Novo Fogo moved the cachaça back and forth over the years between re-purposed oak barrels and amburana (Brazilian teak) barrels. The predominant spices of vanilla and toffee (from the oak) and cinnamon and chestnuts (from the teak) come together in a balanced expression that also includes tropical fruit such as banana and passionfruit but finishes playfully with notes of snickerdoodle. American oak + Brazilian teak woods. 42% ABV

Single Barrel 33

So many flavors developed in this expression after three years in the barrel, and they all shine boldly: sweet and savory clove, allspice, and pear dominate the nose and they are followed by baked apple, dried apricot, and tobacco leaf in the palate. It finishes brightly in a citrus cover that pairs equally well with aperitifs and dessert. Aged three years. Released in 2016. 44.5% ABV

Single Barrel 85

After a couple of years in the barrel, Novo Fogo cachaças develop uncommon combinations of characteristics, and Barrel 85 is no exception. Starting herbal on the nose with sage and wet rainforest leaves, this spirit morphs on the palate to fresh apples and then baked apples (yes). The finish is another new direction—paprika and chocolate—and somehow this whole thing works so well that it might be hard to put it down. Aged three years. Released in 2016. 42.5% ABV

Single Barrel 136

Barrel 136 is a rare expression that makes the mind wander far off, seeking to understand it. Take the finest cracker that money can buy, dip it in butterscotch sauce, then sprinkle finely-granulated sea salt on it. When you’re good and ready, dip this fine concoction into a glass of Cabernet and let it sun-dry on a tropical island beach near a rainforest. When it’s no longer dripping but not quite dry either, bite into it. That’s how Barrel 136 tastes. Whoa, there goes an albatross! Aged five years. Released in 2016. 41% ABV

Single Barrel 207

A winter spirit for a winter day, Barrel 207 wakes you up with a strong bitter chocolate nose. It softens in the palate with notes of the spices you may find in cinnamon bread—vanilla, orange peel—but in the creamiest of ways. For good measure, this expression finishes with allspice and coffee, so you can sit for a while and think about it. Aged two years. Released in 2016. 45% ABV