THM, thanks for the info. Come to think of it, it does have a distinct tails flavor. I describe it as somewhere between rum and tequila. You can really taste the sugar cane in it. Yeah, a good bottle is about $2 in Brazil. Of course, it's $20 in the US!
Possum, it is a little flowery, but also hot and flavorful like thm said. I'll look around for the sugar cane extract. If it's $10/gal. that's pretty good.
Of course if you're loaded you could buy your very own extractor!!;-)
More info from the web below. I wonder if The Chemist's company has any cachaca makers as clients. He still around?
There are roughly 30,000 small producers along with a few handfuls of large cachaça producers in Brazil. Because the distillation process is relatively easy compared to other liquors and because sugarcane is so abundant in Brazil, the business can be is open to anyone. Sugarcane is first milled to extract its juice, then fermented for about 24 hours, and finally boiled until it an 80-proof substance emerges. Cachaça is usually bottled soon after distillation but some have tried to fashion new varieties by aging cachaça much like whiskey. The Brazilian legislation indicates that cachaça must be aged for at least one year in barrels no larger than 700 liters for the legitimate use of the "aged" appellation. Brazilians aging their cachaça use a variety of woods for their barrels, including Brazilian woods such as imburana, cedar, freijó, and jequitibá and American and European oak, which give the liquor a smoother, rounder taste. In addition, a third type of cachaça, called "yellow" cachaça, is made by merely adding caramel or wood extracts directly into the drink without aging causing the cachaça to have a much sweeter taste. Regardless of the variety, cachaça should not be confused with rum, which is distilled from the molasses left over after sugar refinement. However, the mistake is made; cachaça imports into the United States are taxed as rum and cachaça is sometimes referred to as Brazilian rum.
Lord preserve and protect us, we've been drinkin' whiskey 'fore breakfast.