About Chilean Spirits

About Chilean Spirits
Chile's claim to fame as far as spirits is Pisco, a brandy made from grapes such as Torontel and Pedro Jimenez. Sometimes clear, sometimes greenish in appearance, it is most famously known for its use in the Pisco Sour cocktail, enjoyed by multitudes of tourists in Santiago.

There are also clear versions of Gran Pisco, a brandy made from Muscat d'Alexandria grapes and aged in oak casks. This is a flavorful, but mild type of brandy.

There are a few cooperative producers in Chile that produce rum as well as pisco. A small amount of liqueur is also made from ancho chiles. These are used in cocktails in place of rum or orange-flavored spirits.

Top Picks for Chile

Waqar Pisco
93 points
$36
Clear color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeyed apricots, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and mineral oil with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of earth and pepper. A lovely, well balanced with good intensity that will pop in cocktails.
Pisco Capel Alto del Carmen
88 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of honey cake, suede, papaya custard, and pepper dust with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish conveying overtones of praline, minerals, and white pepper with light oak. A nice, warming pisco.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Pisco Capel Reservado
88 points
$21.99
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of raisin scone, nougat, chocolate orange peels, and bbq potato chip with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of sweet cream, white blossoms, and vanilla nougat with light oak. A flavorful, elegantly styled pisco for sipping.
88 points $21.99
Pisco Capel Premium
87 points
$16.99
Clear color. Delicate aromas of peach pastry and almond cookie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, fig paste, dried citrus, pepper, and earth finish. A solid mixing pisco.
87 points $16.99