Tanager

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Our “Tanager” expression is the first two-woods cachaça broadly available in the USA and it mixes the Brazilian South’s two favorite woods. We age this cachaça in repurposed oak barrels and finish 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.

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750 ml | 700 ml | 50 ml | 42% ABV

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Tanager Cachaça Cocktails

Tanager Batida (bah-chee-dah)

2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
1 oz passion fruit syrup
0.5 oz coconut milk
0.5 oz lime juice

Add all ingredients to a blender with half a cup of ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Tanagerac

2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
2 dashes of Scrappy’s Orleans Bitters
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
0.25 oz simple syrup

Stir with ice and strain into an Absinthe-rinsed glass. Twist the oils of a lemon peel over the drink and discard the peel.

The Araribá Tree, a.k.a. Brazilian Zebrawood

The zebrawood family is a broad collection of hardwood trees with characteristically striped wood grain. You may have seen variations of zebrawood in furniture, flooring, or cabinetry, as it is prized by woodworkers for its density and strength. The most common type of Brazilian zebrawood used for resting and aging cachaça is called araribá, pronounced ah-dah-dee-BAH, (Centrolobium tomentosum). Its dense, resinous wood gives cachaça a strongly flavored, tannic, and even oily character. In our two-woods expression, Tanager, we carefully finish our 1-year oak-aged cachaça in araribá barrels to blend the beloved vanilla and toffee notes of the oak with the tropical and vibrant spices of araribá.

Our approach to finishing oak-aged cachaça in indigenous Brazilian woods is a direct result of the endangered status of most native Brazilian woods, which makes them available from legal sources only in small quantities. We feel that it is important to showcase and tell the stories of these woods, but only in a highly measured and renewable manner. We also believe in leadership by example. This is why we are using Brazilian native woods only in finishing other expressions, reducing the duration of the process and also the necessary quantity of wood. To help the araribá tree population, we are working with local partners to plant a small colony of these trees, which will reach maturity in about 20 years.

This araribá tree in the photo is growing in the jungle just down the road from the Novo Fogo distillery in Morretes. Although the tree is nearly 30 years old, its trunk is barely a foot wide at the base; you can imagine how many of these rare trees it would take to make a single barrel!

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