Exotics - Cachaca

Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça

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San Francisco WSC

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  • 2012
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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2007
  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

Leblon is the flagship cachaca, which is a style of rum made from the pressed juice from freshly cut sugar cane (distinguishing it from rum, which is normally distilled from molasses). It is made in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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This bottle has 9 ratings and 8 reviews.
Quetzal Quetzal (161)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-05-06)[Updated Review]
I tend to drink spirits straight with an occasional splash of water, but this one is an exception- I find it virtually unpalatable neat, yet it achieves transcendence in a capirinha and becomes great, since the sweetness from the sugar and the citrus from the lime don't let the pungent flavors of the spirit dominate. It's a bit expensive for what it is, but it's probably the easiest cachaca to find in the US, and it certainly holds its own in a caipirinha.
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Phizbin (2017-05-03):
I agree! I feel like all the cachacas I've had taste and smell kind of funky on their own but they're brilliant in Caipirinhas.

jeanphilt jeanphilt (33)
Rating: 1.0 (2015-07-31)
I drink Caipirinha when I go to my favourite brazilian restaurant so I bought this bottle but the flavour is overpowering. I was not able to finish my glass, it was too much, even diluted. Next time I will use a lot less and I will mix with something else like vodka. I wonder if all Cacha├ža taste like that ... I thought I might have a bad bottle but I saw someone else mentionned the overpowered flavour.
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Proof66 Staff (2015-08-01):
Hi Jeanphilt... staff editor here! I saw your note about "overpowered flavors" and have to agree. Almost all cachaca that we've tried (indeed, any rhum agricole or sugar cane juice spirit) has a kind of earthy, moist, vegetative flavor to it. We've often found it curious to off-putting when taken by itself. But we find that in cocktails (like the Caipirinhia) it stands out gloriously (much better than molasses rum). If you have a bottle, you might try mixing it heavily and see how you like it. The taste is quite distinct and can easily stand up to dilution where vodka would get washed out (though sometimes that's desirable too). Good luck!

DrP DrP (25)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-03-05)
4.6/5 A fantastic rum and my favorite "white" rum. It has a sweet smell and resting in cognac casks greatly matures the taste. It's my go to for caipirinhas which makes it a mainstay in my home bar. It's flavor is brought out by any lime drinks for which it's added. Highly recommend!
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scollings scollings (101)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-16)
I agree with Chris. The aging in Cognac barrels makes this a delightful Cachaca, even if I is only 6 months. I imagine slightly longer would be better still.
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bearmark bearmark (29)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-08-19)
This was my first cachaça and I liked it until I tasted something better (Fazenda Máe de Ouro).  This has a strong cachaça flavor that is almost overpowering. I would definitely could not sip this because of the overpowering flavor, sweetness and harshness, but it made a decent caipiriñha (actually, turned me on to caipiriñhas).  Now that I've discovered a sippable and more balanced aged cachaça, I'll pass on this one. This one is definitely overrated.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (335)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-08-28)
The aging in XO Cognac barrels seems to make a world of difference, It tames the cachaca without losing its heart. Well Done!
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Irishman Irishman (438)
Rating: 4.0 (2009-06-05)
Very nice! Tasted this two ways. One over a couple ice cubes and another in a lemon caipirinha (we didn't have any limes). I could sip this one all night on the rocks, but the lemon caipirinha was phenomenal! Definitely one of those dangerous drinks that you quickly lose track of how many you've had.
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Phizbin Phizbin (436)
Rating: 4.0 (2009-05-02)
My first cachaca. I bought it (every bit of the $30 listed here with the tax included), went home, and made a Caipirinha according to the directions from the website.

So, it was pretty good. It has a distinct aroma and character I wouldn't normally associate with rum and I thought was great. The drink was made even better with a dash of berry liqueur. But I gotta say, as disgraceful as it is, I though thte aged rum in the caipirinha recipe was better.

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