Novo Fogo Familia

Novo Fogo Familia

Novo Fogo is a craft Cachaça producer from Brazil. They’re know for their organic cane-to-glass outlook on production. This is their Familia blend, put together specifically for this calendar. It mixes their Silver, Chameleon, Barrel-Aged and Tanager cachaças. The aged component of these is aged on bourbon barrels. The end product is bottled at 40%.

This is a series of blind tastings from the “24 Rums” advent calendar. I have not looked at what is in the calendar, so every one of these reviews is 100% no prior knowledge.

1. Dictador 20
2. Whisper Antigua Gold Rum
3. New Grove 8yo
4. Cihuatan 8 year Solera
5. Domaine de Séverin VO
6. Novo Fogo Familia
7. NAUD Ron Panama 15yo
8. Enghaven Blackstrap Rum
9. Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3
10. Deadhead Dark Chocolate
11. Rum Magec Ron Añejo XO Oloroso
12. Fijian Rum Liqueur 8yo
13. Matugga Golden Rum
14. Cane Island Trinidad Rum
15. Cane Island Jamaica Rum
16. Saint James Rhum Vieux 7yo
17. Neptuns Rhum
18. Cane Island Cuba Rum
19. Borgoe 8yo
20. Mombacho Ron Reserva 8yo
21. Old New Orleans Amber Rum
22. Tres Hombres 2017 7 year Solera
23. Travellers 5yo Reserve
24. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano
25. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano (Take 2)

Distiller: Novo Fogo
ABV: 40%
Age: NAS
Cask type: Mix of unaged and ex-Bourbon
Source: Part of the “24 Rums” advent calendar.
Setting: Blind

Nose: Cookie batter, chocolate, candied fruit, raw bread dough, cinnamon, a lactic/buttermilk quality, christmas cake. Really pungently fruity.
Palate: Extremely light. Mild vanilla and candied fruit, but so light so it’s hard to find much here.
Finish: Doughy cookie batter, a bitter overripe fruitiness
Overall: The overripe fruit and dough notes were a little pungently overwhelming and not entirely pleasant for me. On top of that it’s just so light on the palate that it’s like drinking water. It doesn’t even taste like 40%. This sort of smells like the norwegian dish “Rømmegrøt” (sour cream porridge) - cinnamon and all. It’s just a little out of balance with that lactic note punching through.
Rank: 3