Novo Fogo cachaça begins with freshly cut, certified-organic, estate-grown sugarcane that is crushed within 24 hours of harvest and immediately fermented for no more than 18 hours. The Tanager (Portuguese for “little bird”) is an expression that is aged in two different types of barrels.
First, it is aged one year in Four Roses bourbon barrels that have been disassembled, sanded out and lightly re-toasted. Then that distillate is finished for 2 to 3 months in arariba (Brazilian zebra-wood), which imparts its 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.
“This, unique, delightfully sippable cachaça tastes of a boozy, fresh fruit-salad. Tart strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, and bananas are accented with zippy ginger, mint, and basil. Nutmeg and cinnamon are sprinkled on top, with a dose of vanilla for added measure. Very fun and refreshing to sip. A must try for cane nerds, but with plenty of approachability for those new to the category.”