The Abelha story begins in Rio De Contas, Brazil – a small town set amongst the hills and valleys on the edge of the majestic Chapada Diamantina – where the Abelha team met Marcos Vaccaro, a visionary and an expert in all things organic. Marcos’s organic fazenda (farm) produces exceptional sugar cane, alongside fruit trees, a coffee plantation and has tree-house accommodation for all visitors. The travelers knew they had found both a perfect partner and an ideal location for their distillery. Together, they created Abelha Cachaça, born out of shared principles, values, and vision.
The distillery is a single estate family operation. Marcos coordinates all production, from cane field to pot still, and he is constantly seeking out ways to improve organic farming and distillation methods. At 1,200 metres altitude, the estate is ideal for Cachaça production, as the temperature differential between day and night produces sugar cane that retains its natural sugars.
Abelha is committed to supporting the Rio De Contas community. By building partnerships and improving organic farming technologies & techniques, they are boosting the local economy significantly and sustainably. They teach local farmers organic practices, helping them get certified by the Instituto BioDynamico (Brazil’s Official Organic Association). Once certified, the farmers can supply the distillery with organic sugar cane at a fair price.
Abelha Cachaça is produced by local craftspeople and workers at the Abelha distillery, including bottling and quality control, and they offer high wages to all of the workers at the Fazenda. They also support the local Rio De Contas Foundation, and the upkeep of the Chapada Diamantina, so tourists can appreciate the region’s natural beauty for years to come. They believe in being 100% sustainable. The Fazenda (farm) is a 100% sustainable, self-sufficient, clean running farm – all waste is re-used in future farming. The cars and tractors on the farm are powered on the by-products from the distillate. They always look to improve organic technologies and infrastructure where possible.
Abelha Prata (80 proof)
Aroma: Clean, vegetal and fresh.
Taste: Round, creamy, with vanilla overtones. Medium body with a warming and lightly grassy flavor.
Finish: Medium long, with a touch of mint on the finish.
Overall: A very nice cachaça that makes for a beautiful sipping spirit. This will make a stellar Caipirinha.
GSN Rating: A
Abelha Ouro: Aged 3 years in Garapeira wood (80 proof)
Aroma: Clean and woody, but not in the way you might think. This has a dried tree fruit aroma which is quite enticing.
Taste: Somewhat tannic and slightly bitter, but more expressive than the Prata. The wood aging paints a darker patina on the spirit, giving it a more brandy-like character.
Finish: Long and subtle, with some of the wood notes adding a dry leathery flavor. Quite unique.
Overall: We’ve had several cachaças aged in exotic woods. This one is intense and very compact in its flavor profile. Definitely a spirit to savor on its own.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Abelha Cachaca