Messias` Cachaças` Collection
Cachaça is a sugar cane spirit obtained from the distillation of the fermented sugar cane juice. It's produced mostly
in Brazil, although in South America and Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Madeira Island and few other countries
there are some plants. It's the Brazilian national drink, being produced since the first half of the 16th century.
In 2007 there were over 40,000 cachaças' plants in Brazil, 99% being small ones, generating more than 650,000 jobs
and producing over 1,300,000,000 litres.
Cachaça is the most popular alcoholic drink in Brasil and, as far as volume is concerned, the second (the first is beer).
Cachaça's nicknames are over 2,000 such as pinga, aguardente, caninha, paraty, januária, saideira, uca, etc.,
doubtless the word with more nicknames in Portuguese language.
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Cachaça traded in individual botlles occurred only by the end of the 19th century and no one knows how many cachaças'
trademanes there are in Brazil. The tradenames range from names of animals to plants, men, women, saints, indians,
sports, numbers, topography (river, hill, mountain, valley, waterfall, etc.), picturesques and others.
There are a considerable variety of labels, from the inelaborate ones (click each photo for details)
to the refined ones.
Some bottles are made of conventional dark glass,
and others are of crystal or sophisticated glasses.
Some bottles are covered with leather, banana leaves, sand, sawdust, and so on.
There are also ceramic, porcelain and metal bottles.
Plenty of inventive forms of bottles can be found.
Some cachaças are scarce and become the ambition of many collectors.