About Peruvian SPIRITS

Pico is the signature spirit of Peru; a brandy distilled from wine grapes, it is categorized as an aguardiente. More than seven million liters is produced annually in the country.

It is distilled in copper pot stills, as in the method of single malt Scotch. Several types of grapes can be used to produce pisco; for the aromatic type (aromatica), the Muscat grape is used, while the acholado version is made from the must of several grapes.

Pure pisco, made from the Quebranta grape, is generally sipped neat, while other versions are generally used as the base for the famed Pisco sour cocktail; a few examples can also be used as a digestif. Pisco is exported in many markets, including the US; prices run from $20 up to $40 a bottle.

There are also a few premium rums produced in Peru as well; some are aged as long as 18 years and are of exceptional quality, with notes of coconut, baking spices and herbs.
Top Picks for Peru
208613
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Quebranta
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, sour cream and onion potato chip, and French bread with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing notes of flower water, white chocolate orange, pepper, and minerals. A warming pisco for punches.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208612
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Acholado
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of apricot pastry, buttercream, cucumber salad, and celery salt on potato with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy finish evoking touches of nougat, fig, and lemon pepper. A pleasant, easy drinking pisco that will be good in cocktails.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204886
Control C
Pisco
Clear. Aromas of dried stone fruits, sweet cream, dried herbs, and exotic peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an ironed linen, white pepper, limestone, and tea kettle like twang on the finish with lingering warmth. An interesting blend of fruitiness and rusticity that should pop well in cocktails.
88 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213124
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Quebranta
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, savory aromas of pickled green tomatoes, golden raisins, champagne vinaigrette, and dried banana and edamame with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length reduced orange, pickled melon rind and peppers, honey, and pepper finish. A fun, zesty, savory pisco with interesting salinity that will cover a lot of bases cocktail-wise.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204588
Gran Sierpe
Pisco Acholado
Clear. Pleasant aromas and flavors of dried apricots and pears, nuts, and suede with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a vibrant delicately spicy finish with a hint of vaporous heat. Nice fruitiness and vibrancy that will stand out well in cocktails.
86 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab