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The Academia da Cachaca in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

When I was in Rio last month covering the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals, I had all of half a day to go out and see Rio. I only did the two things I felt were the most essential: had a Caipirinha on the beach...

Caipirinha on Copacabana Beach_tn Camper and Ian at Copacabana Beach_tn

and went to the Academia da Cachaca

The Academia da Cachaca I'll call Rio's most famous cachaca bar, but that's partially because it's the only bar I can name there. It is located several blocks back from Leblon beach and quite a cab ride from Copacabana where we were staying. 

Academia de Cachaca Leblon Rio Brazil interior_tn

The place itself doesn't stand apart as anything special - it is a covered restaurant at the outside of a mall, with tables reaching out towards the sidewalk. It is split into two parts with a mall walkway in between. The ceiling is decorated with hanging streamers that form the Brazilian flag when seen from afar. 

Academia De Cachaca Leblon Rio Brazil Gaz Angus_tn

Not surprisingly given the name, the place is famous for its selection of cachaca. The drink menu lists 11 pages of the stuff with flavor descriptions of each bottle.

I was with a group of seven people so we ordered 14 different cachacas to try. They ranged in flavor profile from olive oily to pisco-grapey to woody to herbaceous- it was a  great way to try a lot of Brazil's native spirit at once. 

Academia de Cachaca Leblon Rio Brazil_tn
Academia de Cachaca Leblon Rio Brazil_tn

The also offer a selection of bottles for sale, so souvenir shopping was easy. 

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