Review: Boca Loca Cachaca
Boca Loca is another good cachaca to recently hit the market — and with its lipstick-scrawled-on-glass packaging it immediately presents itself as an uncomplicated product designed for the masses.
I expect any drinker would have an easy time approaching this cachaca, which tastes and smells not of the spirit’s typical gasoline but rather of charred wood and a touch of caramel. The sugary sweetness is strong in this one, ending on a somewhat bitter note that makes this one of the more curious cachacas to come along in recent months.
At 80 proof it makes a fine caipirinha, though lime and sugar sap it of its unique characteristics, leaving behind just a hint of that caramel character and a lot of sweet sugar. Try it in less fruit-forward concoctions and see what you think.
B / $20
I’m not sure if I got a bad batch, but this cachaca is terrible. I lived in Minas Gerais for almost a year and developed a taste for pinga (I even smuggled back about 10 bottles of my favorites). As much as I want to support a local Colorado distillery, this cachaca lacks any of the characteristics of real cachaca. I often allow friends to sample some of the ones I brought back from Brazil, and a side by side taste test often yields responses like “These are supposed to be the same type of alcohol?!”.
I wish Boca Loca could go back to the drawing board on this one and maybe take a trip to Salinas in Minas Gerais to learn how it’s actually made.
Cheers for the otherwise helpful reviews!