Cuca Fresca Cachaca 750mL

In the interest of saving time to those seeking a review (despite the page hits we lustily seek) this Cachaca fails to make a good  caiprinha, and there goes 80% of the audience who reads reviews about cachaca. Rightfully so by the way, because if you can fuck up being good mixed with a bunch of limes – you have really fucked up.


I will admit freely by personal bias against licorice, but I will couple that bias with – why the hell is a flavor akin to licorice in my cachaca anyway? The problem with living so far north is often I don’t have a choice in my cachaca and it’s more a random chance find, but I hope one day to snag a top shelf bottle and put a nice high score on this site. (crosses fingers)


What they Say: “Cuca Fresca is a premium cachaca handcrafted using only the highest quality organic sugarcane. Each batch is distilled using artisanal methods that have been passed down for generations, resulting in a superior quality cachaca with an ultra-smooth finish. Saude!”


Taste: 3.0 – That same kind of fruity almost licorice like flavor continues from the smell. It’s not a pleasant taste though.

Aftertaste: 3.5 – It then gets a bit layered, with more licorice like flavorings. Again though I am not a fan.

Burn/Smooth: 3.0 – The burn here while not catastrophic, is still very present, and very really not good.

Aroma: 1.5 – I won’t lie to you, I can’t exactly place what that smell is. It’s sort of fruity, but overall it’s outright horrendous.

Honesty: 4.5 – The bottle itself airs a bit on the side of Euro-trash, and they do lie with the phrase of “ultra-smooth finish”. They also don’t gain many points either.

Mixability: 3.75

W/ Rocks: 5.5 – That makes things slightly better I guess.

Caipirinha: 2.0 – I love this cocktail, but it’s ruined here. I’m sad now. Truly I am. Because at best this can only be used in some fruit-based fiasco of a mixed cocktail to hide everything.

Value: 1.0 – If a cachaca cannot make a good caiprinha – then what value could it possibly provide?

Google Shop Average: $20



Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 3.0

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Metric Score: 20.25/70 |+| Metric Average: 2.89 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.0

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Final Thoughts: Well at least on ice it’s okay, and mixing it with a bunch of juices means it won’t go to waste. I am however sad at the last opportunity for a good summer drink as fall truly begins to settle into winter.


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