About Pisco

Serve in a Copita
Pisco is a famous brandy made in Peru and Chile; each country claims the beverage as its own. It is made from a variety of grapes, such as Muscat in both countries, as well as Quebranta and Mollar in Peru, and Torontel and Pedro Jimenez in Chile. The Quebranta grapes is used in most single-variety Pisco from Chile.

Although Peru produces much less Pisco than Chile, it exports a great deal more. Some versions are clear, while others have an amber, greenish hue; there are flavors of peach, coconut and pistachio and the finish is quite dry and earthy, comparable to a grappa in many cases.

Of course, most individuals know Pisco as the main ingredient in a Pisco sour cocktail, which includes egg whites, bitters, and lemon juice.
Top Picks for Pisco
207404
Waqar
Pisco
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
208600
Pisco Capel
Alto del Carmen
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
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
208601
Pisco Capel
Reservado
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
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
208599
Pisco Capel
Premium
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
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