Aged for around two years in oak after distillation, this is a delicious Cachaça for those who enjoy a fuller bodied Cachaça . The bottle is wrapped in dried banana leaves to keep out light which is a favourite of the women in Brazil. The French Oak barrel aging lends the Cachaça a sweet and woody flavour.
The name Germana means something genuine, pure, without mixing. It also stems from the cultural-religious phenomenon occurred at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when a nun called Germana living next to a famous sanctuary (Church of Our Lady of Mercy), was overtaken by trances and mystical revelations of nature. She was also known for preparing a medicine from Cachaça and herbs which would attract pilgrims.
When the Caetano family decided to start producing cachaça on their Vista Alegre ranch, they resolved to pay homage to the custom of the region and its religious tradition by naming their cachaça after the mystical one, Germana.Built approximately 90 years ago, the Vista Alegre Ranch dedicated its lands to banana and sugar cane plantation; with 300,000 banana trees and 15 hectares of sugar cane, all planted without the use of pesticides. The land is fertilized with the husk of the cane and is still ploughed using oxen.
The cane is harvested without any use of fire, and is washed and ground within 24 hours. The fermentation of the cane broth is natural – using corn meal as a nutrient to the yeast found naturally in the sugar cane- and carried out in carbon steel vats, for a period of 12 to 24 hours. The resultant wash is then distilled through a copper pot still and the “heads” and the “tails” are separated, retaining only the noble part of the distillate, the “heart”.
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