Porto Morretes (Ouro) Cachaca
Review: Porto Morretes (Ouro) Cachaca 86/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on April 25, 2014
Last fall a good friend of mine visited Brazil. I had asked him before the trip if he could find me a bottle of the Brazilian rum known as Cachaca (pronounced Ka sha sha). I was pleased when he returned just prior to Christmas with two small (170 ml) bottles of Port Morretes, the Prata (silver) and the Ouro (3-year-old premium).
In order to learn a little about the Porto Morrets Cachaca, I visited their website and with the help of Google Translate managed to decipher a bit about each spirit. The Porto Morretes Cachaça Ouro is (as near as I can tell from reading the Portuguese website) produced in the same manner as the previously reviewed Porto Morretes Prata Cachca; however rather than resting in a stainless steel tank, the spirit is aged for three years in oak barrels. This gives rise to new flavours drawn from the oak, and theoretically at least implies a smoother more well-rounded spirit.
In the Bottle 4.0/5
The Porto Morretes Ouro arrives in a flask style bottle which is sold in the gift box configuration shown above, as well as in the attractive gold and black display box shown to the left. The bottle and display box look quite attractive, and I am pleased with the presentation. Interestingly, the label indicates the Porto Morretes Ouro is bottled at 39 % alcohol by volume.
In the Glass 8.5/10
Cachaca Ouro is a medium gold coloured liquid with darker stains apparent in the glass. When I tilt the glass and give it a slow twirl I see a plethora of little drooplets forming which coalesce into slender legs which slowly drop back into the spirit. The initial nose is very nice, with light impressions of butterscotch.
As I let the glass sit and breathe I noticed some nice oak spices building with soft green pepper and ginger impressions entering the breezes above the glass followed by lime citrus and a very soft chocolate caramel. A sweep of vanilla wafts into the air next as well with some peppermint and scattered tea leaves. I can tell that I am going to like this!
In the Mouth 52/60
Porto Morretes (Ouro) Cachaca is quite a different spirit than the younger Porto Morretes Silver Cachaca (see my review here). The aged Brazilian spirit brings a welcome spicy oak flavour forward which is melded nicely with additional soft chocolate caramel flavours. I taste firm indications of gingerbread and peppermint within the spirit as well as undercurrents of cola and Oolong tea which adds to the complexity. Apparently, three years of oak aging have brought depth and body to the sipping experience. There is also a light nuttiness laying underneath as well as oak vanillans which round out the spirit which is all at once flavourful, complex and pleasing.
I found the Porto Morretes Ouro Cachaca pleasant to sip. Although I have demonstrated a preference to mix cocktails with most of the spirits I review, I was not driven by a strong urge to mix cocktails with this one.
In the Throat 13/15
The Cachaca Ouro finishes with a fade of white pepper and ginger followed by ebbing flavours of chocolate caramel. There is just a touch of bite in the exit; but having said that, I believe that hint of bite improves rather than dampens the experience.
The Afterburn 8.5/10
I found as I sipped on my glass, that the flavour of the aged Cachaca seemed to become more well-rounded and appealing as I let the glass breathe. A little more of the oak asserted itself, and the flavour impressions I received seemed to be blended together just a little more thoroughly.
My score (86/100) reflects my appreciation of Porto Morretes Ouro as a sipping spirit (as well as a high quality mixer). If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Cane Spirit Reviews.
1 1/2 ounces of aged Porto Morretes Ouro Cachaca
1/2 ounces of Grand Marnier.
Serve in a Brandy glass with no ice
Allow the cocktail oxidize for about 5 minutes
Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
This recipe allows the character of the aged Cachaca to meld into the sweeter flavour of Grand Marnier. The combination is simply wonderful!
Note: If you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!
You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing Tequila. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)