Abelha Organic Cachaça Announces Winner of Limited Edition Label

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Brazilian designer and illustrator, Daniel Vincent Gomes, has won Abelha Organic Cachaça’s international competition to design a limited edition label for its Silver Cachaça! Daniel’s design will go onto an initial run of 600 bottles of Abelha Organic Cachaça – Silver which will be available from August.

The label will be officially unveiled at a celebration at Barrio Shoreditch on Tuesday 28th June where Daniel’s artwork and bottle, along with the works of another nine international artists who also entered the competition, will be exhibited.

Speaking about the competition, Daniel who is 26 and lives in Sao Paulo said: “I thought the Abelha competition was the perfect project for me. I’m a huge fan of cachaça and I love the Bahia state where Abelha is created. The climate, lifestyle, it’s vibrancy and colours are like nothing else you’ve experienced before. It’s like a state of mind.”

Inspired by the area where Abelha is made, Daniel also took inspiration musically. He said: “I define my work as musical and I seem to connect melodies to my creations. This time, I sat at my desk and listened to Dorival Caymmi, one of Bahia and Brazil’s most inspired composers and musicians and began to draw. As soon as the music flowed – so did my inspiration.”

The winning artwork was chosen by a panel of judges which included Brazilian urban artist Ananda Nahu, commissioned to design the 2015 Limited Edition Summer Label; Lívia Rezende, professor of History of Design at the Royal College of Art; Jonathan Chadwick, Illustrator, Designer and the artist responsible for creating Abelha’s label.

Joao Pinteiro, director of Abelha Organic Cachaça, said: “Daniel’s wonderfully playful label encapsulated the Bahian spirit of Abelha and although standards were high it was a clear winner across our panel. We look forward to exhibiting Daniel’s design, together with another nine entrants and celebrating in Barrio with a caipirinha! We also warmly thank all artists who took part in this great experiment.”

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Abelha Organic Cachaça Launches “Abelha Art Awards – Celebrating Bahia”

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Abelha Organic Cachaça is looking to celebrate summer 2016 with a new-look label inspired by one the most colourful, vibrant and culturally diverse states of Brazil, Bahia, where Abelha is made. In order to find the design for the label, Abelha is launching a global competition, the Abelha Art Awards – Celebrating Bahia.

The competition is open to everyone; whether they are an artist, a designer, an illustrator or a bartender. The winning label design will be on stockists’ shelves and behind bars throughout summer 2016 and the artist whose design will be chosen will also receive a prize of €2000.

The brief is simple; create a piece of artwork, preferably two-dimensional, that can be used on a bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. Take inspiration from any shape, form, instrument, food, landscape, people, heart, simplicity or the rural rhythm of Bahia state. To inspire even further, Abelha will be sending out samples of the cachaça to those within the Europe Union so they can experience the lush, green, fresh flavour of the cachaça.

A competition will run until 6th February where a panel of judges will choose the top ten pieces of artwork. The artworks will then be displayed in an exhibition marking the launch of the new label, which takes place in June. The chosen label design will also be unveiled at the event.

To find out more details about the competition, please click here or email artcomp@abelhacachaca.com

The Summer Label 2016 will be the second limited edition label to be produced by Abelha Organic Cachaça. Earlier this year, Abelha collaborated with Brazilian based urban artist Ananda Nahu to create the first limited edition label. Her Abelha label captures all aspects of her more large-scale works; the woman portrayed on the label excites the senses and highlights the rich history of Bahia. Playful honeybees dart amongst flowers in full bloom in a world where cachaça is a feast for both the eyes and the mouth.

Abelha Organic Cachaça is an artisanal organic cachaça hailing from the lush green hills of Bahia´s countryside, a north-eastern state in Brazil. The plantation is located in the small town of Rio de Contas, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Abelha has a strong commitment with organic farming practices, traditional distilling methods, fairtrade principles, simplicity and joie de vivre. Bahia is well regarded as one of the most beautiful, artistic, fun-loving and musical regions in Brazil. Launched in the UK in 2009, the brand quickly reached the premium level category due to its quality and taste. Abelha Organic Cachaça is now available at top UK bars, restaurants and retailers including Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols. Abelha is sold in 11 different countries

Abelha Organic Cachaca Launches Its Exclusive Summer Limited Edition Label

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ABELHA ORGANIC CACHAÇA LAUNCHES ITS EXCLUSIVE SUMMER LIMITED EDITION LABEL AT COYA RESTAURANT ON 16TH JUNE

DESIGNED BY BRAZILIAN URBAN ARTIST ANANDA NAHU (anahu.com), THE LABEL IS A HOMAGE TO THE BAHIAN WOMAN AND MARKS THE LAUNCH OF ABELHA´S ART COMPETITION: ROAD TO RIO 2016

RIO DE CONTAS – BAHIA, situated on the northern region of Brazil, surrounded by the lush green canyons and waterfalls, is the home of Abelha Organic Cachaça and served as the inspiration behind its new summer limited edition bottle.  Abelha Organic Cachaça commissioned celebrated female urban artist Ananda Nahu, to design Abelha´s new label, which will be unveiled on Tuesday 16th June at Coya Restaurant. Ananda´s partnership with Abelha Cachaça will mark the start of a competition inviting bartenders, artists and members of the public to submit designs for a label for limited edition run of Abelha Organic Cachaça which will be launched before the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

THE LABEL: Ananda Nahu is famous for her complex and colourful murals enriched with intricate patterns and featuring powerful women as centrepiece. Her Abelha label captures all aspects of her more large-scale works; the woman portrayed on the label excites the senses and highlights the rich history of Bahia. Playful honeybees dart amongst flowers in full bloom in a world where cachaça is a feast for both the eyes and the mouth.  . Nahu is one of Brazil’s top muralists, recently featured in Phaidon’s new book Brazil, an ode to the country’s contemporary culture.

Abelha Cachaça has produced a limited number of bottles showcasing Ananda’s exclusive design which will be finally unveiled on Tuesday 16th June at Coya Restaurant, from 6pm to 8pm. Gian Carlo D’Urso, Group Bars Manager for Coya has created a special drink using Abelha Organic Cachaça for the event, the Bahia Sour, which will also be available at Coya throughout June at the restaurant.

A number of these limited edition bottles will also be available for Abelha’s customers within bars and selected retailers.

Ananda Nahu said: “I created this design which was inspired by memories of my home state, Bahia, a region which is very close to my heart.  It is a land of colour and beautiful strong women, so the art pays a homage to these people and the vibrant beauty of this region.”

Abelha is an organic cachaça created using the most traditional artisanal methods from organic sugar cane grown on the sunny slopes of Bahia.  The cane is processed within 24 hours of being cut, fermented and then distilled in a traditional copper still.  Only a small fraction of the distillate is kept to ensure the highest possible quality.

Hal Stockley , Director of Abelha Cachaça said: “The Bahian style, colour and vibrancy are at the heart of Abelha and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this than through Ananda’s artwork and label; it encapsulates it all.”

During her first visit to the UK, Ananda will produce a special commission for Vamos! Festival, in Newcastle: her first mural in the UK. She’ll also showcase some of her artworks during a special launch event at Coya Members Club, on 16th June.

ROAD TO RIO 2016: Art Competition for Abelha´s new Special Limited Edition label – Rio Olympics 2016

This is the first limited edition label commissioned by Abelha and it will mark the launch of a worldwide competition to design Abelha´s label for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Email hal@abelha.co.uk to register your interest.  More details on entry criteria, prizes and open-source judging panel will be available soon.

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Abelha

After showcasing Cachaça lately, it makes sense to look at one that has only recently come out onto the market, and is going down a storm with the organic lovers. I give to you Abelha.

Abelha Cachaça comes from Rio de Contas within Bahia in northern Brazil where small-holding farmers grow 100% organic sugar cane. The cane is processed within 24 hours of being cut and is then fermented. The yeast used in the fermentation process is found growing naturally on the green sugar cane so there is no need for lab-selected or single strain yeasts as per usual. From here, they distill the cachaça in small batches within traditional copper stills, and keep only a small fraction (the heart or coraçao) to be rested or aged.

The result is two varieties, Silver and Gold. The Silver is a white, or rested cachaça, whilst the Gold is aged for 3 years in small 250L garapeira wooden barrels.

I’ve had the chance to sample both within their range, so below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Abelha Silver – 39%

Fresh, strong flavour of raw sugar and green fruit on the nose but a lighter experience on the palate. Soft fruit that slowly develops into a warming burst of sugar cane and finishes with a slight dryness.

Abelha Gold – 38%

Plenty of rich honey on the nose offering a sweet experience. Thin upon the palate, with the honey notes coming through slowly over a long finish. Slight fruit and cane sugar mix to the ending too.

Abelha is great sipped on its own or over ice or as part of a Caipirinha. Of course, there are other ways to enjoy –

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Brasilian Lady

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Glass – 

Coupette

Ingredients –

40 ml Cachaça Abelha Silver
20 ml Cointreau
20 ml Lemon Juice
15 ml Simple Syrup
Flesh of half a passionfruit
Half an egg white

Method – 

Dry shake (no ice) all ingredients (to add froth), then add ice and re-shake. Fine strain into a coupette, and garnish with the other half of the passionfruit.

A great cocktail and one to challenge your local bartender with if you ever see it on his back-bar. Of course, you can always make one at home!

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