A high-quality Cachaça, which is a far cry from the usual stuff you’ll find crowding the shelves in bars outside of Brazil.
First hitting the shelves in 2005, Leblon brought a level of artistry to Cachaça rarely seen in readily available bottlings.
The distillery’s Master Distiller is Gilles Merlet, who approaches the production of the spirit much like a vintner approaches the production of fine wine. Leblon uses cane grown on its nearby fields, hand harvested and pressed onsite. The juice from the cane is fermented for between 20-24 hours, before being distilled in copper pot stills, producing small, single batch distillation, rather than the commonly used column stills. The spirit is matured for as long as six months in Vintage Cognac Casks. The final result is a lot like a Rhum Agricole.
Drunk neat, the bottling offers flavours of bright sugar, vanilla, slight oak, mixed fruits, citrus and peppery spice.
Yet where Cachaça Leblon really shines is in the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, which pairs the spirit with sugar and muddled limes for a refreshing summery beverage.