Distilled in 1982, Sagatiba Preciosa was matured in 19th century European oak barrels until its discovery in 2004 when it was filtered and purified according to the highest quality standards to ensure its original characteristics, such as aroma and flavour, would be preserved. Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute, the world's foremost alcoholic beverage analysis institute, described Preciosa as 'an elegant and poised aged cane spirit with a great balance subtlety, power, and finesse,' and awarded it 96 out of 100 points; making it the only cachaca in the world in the Superlative Category of 96 points and over. The announcement of the limited release comes one year after five individually numbered bottles of Sagatiba Preciosa were sold for just under Â£2,500 in an auction of finest and rarest wines and spirits at Christie's world famous auction rooms. Lucas Rodas, Sagatiba International Director commented: Sagatiba Preciosa is unlike any cachaca ever made before, and there will probably never be a cachaca like it again. 'Unique circumstances brought together raw cachaca of unprecedented maturity with our advanced distillation methods to create arguably the greatest cachaca ever produced. Today, we are proud to bring Preciosa to the UK and we welcome those lucky enough to experience its luxury and savour the very essence of Brasil.' Literally translated to 'The Infinite Saga', Sagatiba means the never-ending search for purity, quality and flavour through the manufacture of the highest quality sugar cane spirits.